Protester, Munich

FEBRUARY 2007 – A protester hides behind a poster with just the eyes visible during protests against the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany. Photo © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

It’s a routine that repeats every year: For one weekend in February all the mighty politicians and their advisors meet in Munich, Germany, to discuss the state of the world’s security in the aptly named “Munich Security Conference”. While the politicians talk, protests against these discussions take place outside of the ban mile, usually starting at the Marienplatz in the city center. Rarely, these protests get violent or out-of-hand.

I had documented the protest march from before its start, and it was almost over. The police had stopped the march for a moment, and then I saw this protester wwaring a black cap. She was hiding behind a black poster and just her eyes were visible. Behind her was another poster, white with red color spots and portions of a message in black.

The look in her eyes still fascinates me: A blank stare right into the camera, a bit tired after an exhausting day, slightly scared of what was to come, but clear and determined. It did not hold for long, maybe a second or so, but long enough to capture this photo.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time10-FEB-2007, 16:08
LocationMunich, Germany
CameraCanon EOS-1D Mark II N
LensCanon EF 24-70 mm 2.8L USM
Exposure1/100 sec at f/5.6
Digital Image Source FormatCanon Caemera RAW (CR2)
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions3504 x 2336 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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