Roland Schmid

Switzerland

Swiss photographer Roland Schmid documents the real-world consequences of sociopolitical decision making around the world. Over the years, he’s covered the Donbass conflict in Ukraine, the refugee crisis in Lesbos, and the legacy of the US’s ​​herbicidal warfare program during the Vietnam War. For his 2020 series cross-border love, he captured friends, families, and couples reuniting along the Switzerland and Germany border, which was temporarily shut during the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of WeTransfer’s partnership with the World Press Photo awards, Roland told us about the touching moments of romance and relief he witnessed at the scene.

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It’s difficult to take pictures in a place you know well because you’re not experiencing anything too alien.