Peter Bialobrzeski: Urban Spaces
Peter Bialobrzeski, born in 1961, is one of the most renowned and internationally successful contemporary German photographers. He was awarded the Ernst-Salomon-Award by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Fotografie and the renowned award for photojournalism, the World Press Photo Award.
Bialobrzeski's photographic work is like an expedition, documenting societal and social change. He observes not people but places, towns, metropolises, and urban spaces. Between 2011 and 2016 he worked on his series Die zweite Heimat (second home), photographing not only Berlin, Bottrop, Hamburg, Meißen, or Offenbach, but also the wide in-between, the strange but familiar, where garage-doors, streetlights and gas stations line up. Bialobrzeski calls it an "exploration of Germany's social surface."
His City Diaries are photographic survey of predominantly European and Asian metropolises. Minsk Diary looks at every-day life between tradition and reality in Belarus. Considering the tensions in Belarus and the authoritarian regime of Alexander Lukashenko, it's a hot topic. Dhaka Diary documents the uninhibited growth of Asian mega-cities. It provides evidence that an irreversible change is happening in urban living space.