We’ve been covering the news on Germany’s nuclear phase-out for months, but this unique series of photographs provides a fascinating view into the power plants themselves. ‘Critical Mass/Kritische Masse’ is a selection of stunning images by photographer Michael Danner that offer up a more intimate perspective on the impact of the country’s phase-out policy. In this series he documents 17 nuclear power plants, highlighting their rarely seen interiors.
Some of the spaces look stagnant and empty, filled with inanimate signs. Though the sites are used, they appear to remain devoid of life. Danner contrasts some of the complex technology at work within the plants with close-ups of structures, focusing on what is not present as much as what is. In this way his work points to the future of the sites, which are soon to be obsolete.
Images courtesy of Michael Danner