The Monday Muse Week 27: Welcome to the Machine

07 March 2016

Region: London

The Monday Muse Week 27: Welcome to the Machine

This week’s muse is “Welcome to the Machine” by the award-winning documentary photographer Reiner Riedler, as featured on the cover of this month’s BJP.


Welcome to the machine!


As a photographer, for the last four years I have been shooting machines, that can save lives or increase the quality of our being.  Lifesaving machines basically simulate or control the functions of our body.  Foucault writes that the system of hospital is based on the same idea as a prison. The fight against illness is always hand in hand with the control of our society.   Schools came into existence because of the need of controlling the people and their families.


Machine and control should be something we should think about this week. Where can we find these control mechanisms in our society? Surveillance, control of traffic, health system, education system etc?  There are many aspects to be found. 



About Reiner Riedler

As a documentary photographer he deals with important topics of the present day. His view always centres on human beings and their environment. The main focus of his documentary work is to challenge our value systems. As a traveller he visits the periphery of our habitats, always searching for the fragile beauty of human existence with its desires and abysses. His recent conceptual works deal with the themes of transience, crises and death.

Reiner Riedler’s work has been shown in numerous countries at photo festivals, galleries and museums. He has worked for numerous periodicals and magazines. His pictures have been published in magazines such as National Geographic, Stern, The New York Times, Fortune, Le Monde, Der Spiegel etc.


For Reiner’s latest work, Life Saving Machines, he is running a crowd-funding campaign to raise funds to produce a book.  Help make this book a reality and get an original Reiner perk by contributing here.


All images © Reiner Riedler

The Monday Muse is an ongoing initiative.  There are no deadlines and you don’t have to take the photographs in the week that the Muse is set.  Once you’ve set up your album, you can add to it any time.  A list of previous Muses can be found here. You don’t have to be a member of the London Region to participate - all-comers welcome!

Monday Muse Info

As the inspirational ideas we posted as part of the Bleeding London project proved to be so popular, we’re going to continue the theme with The Monday Muse.  Every Monday, we’ll be posting an inspirational idea for the week, with links to tips and suggestions on how to achieve the best images.  We’ll be featuring our favourites here on the blog and in our monthly eZine Capital Interest.  And just to add a bit of competition, we’ll be running a points league.  There is one point for posting an image and there will be occasional bonus points.  At the end of the year, whoever has the most points will receive a gift voucher to spend in the RPS shop. 

What to do next

Take your “Welcome to the Machine” image(s).

EITHER upload it to your Monday Muse album in the RPS galleries and send the link to  

OR post the image (or a link to it) to the RPS London group on Facebook

OR tweet it (@ The_RPSLonfon; hashtag #rpsmuse)

OR upload to Instagram (hashtag #rpsmuse)

Don’t forge to tell us which competition you’re entering.


Small Print

Images must be taken after the topic has been announced.  By submitting to The Monday Muse, you agree that we can use your images on the RPS website and in RPS publications.  Copyright remains with the photographer.  Full accreditation will be given.