The City

Becoming and Decaying

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The City
Becoming and Decaying

Ed. Ostkreuz - Agentur der Fotografen, foreword by Marcus Jauer, afterword by Felix Hoffmann, graphic design by Naroska Design, contributions by Marcus Jauer, Anne-Dore Krohn

German, English

2010. 296 pp., 170 ills.


29.10 x 31.60 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-2659-7

It is said that the city is the future of the world. The Ostkreuz photographers show us what that means

By now, more people around the world live in cities than in the country. What sort of hopes and dreams are bound up in the city? In what ways does the city influence everyday life as well as people’s relationships with the environment and their fellow human beings? Photographers from the Berlin agency Ostkreuz have investigated these questions. Ostkreuz represents a specific approach—namely, recognizing what is at the heart of things, depicting it, and keeping the pictures honest. The eighteen featured photographers portrait residents of Auroville, an urban utopia in India, the slums of Manila, and the center of a decaying Detroit. They document the city of Ordos in China, which was created on a drawing table, the artificiality of Dubai’s streets, and the bombed-out buildings in Gaza. The result is a portrait of a city that is all cities.

This Publication was supported by Stiftung Kunstfonds and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.

Featured photographers:

Sibylle Bergemann, Jörg Brüggemann, Espen Eichhöfer, Annette Hauschild, Harald Hauswald, Pepa Hristová, Andrej Krementschouk, Ute & Werner Mahler, Thomas Meyer, Dawin Meckel, Julian Röder, Frank Schinski, Jordis Antonia Schlosser, Anne Schönharting, Linn Schröder, Heinrich Völkel, Maurice Weiss

Exhibition schedule: C/O Berlin, Postfuhramt, May 8–July 4, 2010

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