Peter Bialobrzeski

Neon Tigers. Photographs of Asian Megacities

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Peter Bialobrzeski
Neon Tigers. Photographs of Asian Megacities

Ed. Museum der Arbeit, Hamburg, text(s) by Florian Hanig, Christof Ribbat, graphic design by jung und pfeffer : visuelle kommunikation

German, English

2004. 112 pp., 80 ills.

hardcover

21.00 x 27.50 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-1394-8

In Neon Tigers, he merges the seven Asian cities of Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Jakarta, Singapore, and Shenzhen into a virtual megatropolis. His photos present an image of a world that no longer seems real but appears instead as a series of dream-images of an eccentric film architect or computer-game producer. Their references to reality evoke a sense of conflict in the viewer, as appreciation for the beauty of the absurd competes with recognition of an irreversible process of change in urban living space. They expose two different growth models: unscrupulous, uncontrolled expansion, as in Bangkok, and totally controlled, yet equally unscrupulous growth in a city like Shanghai. Bialobrzeski's photographs are full of conflicting signs and symbols that are often indecipherable for Westerners-a kind of semiotic overkill that is held in check only by the picture frame. The photographer: Peter Bialobrzeski, born in 1961 in Wolfsburg. 1988-1993 studied at the Folkwangschule in Essen; 1991/92 further studies at the London College of Printing; 1997 membership of the DFA (Deutsche Fotografische Akademie - German Academy of Photography). He has been a professor of Photography at the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen since 2002. In addition to his activities as an independent art photographer, he also works on assignment for national and international periodicals, agencies and businesses. Exhibition schedule: Museum der Arbeit, Hamburg, September 17 - November 28, 2004

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