Peter Bialobrzeski: Heimat
Ariel Hauptmeier, Peter BialobrzeskiISBN: 3775716734;
Peter BialobrzeskiAs fascinating and disturbing collection of photographs from the skyscraper landscapes of Asian megacities, Neon Tigers, enchanted many. It was selected as one of the best-designed German books of 2004 and awarded the German Photography Book Prize. After his return from Asia, Bialobrzeski spent more than two years traveling through his native Germany. Heimat, which is German for A¬homeland,A® is the result. For Germans, Heimat is a rather difficult term, embodying conflicting tendencies: destiny and coincidence, sentimental kitsch for pensioners and revisionists, and lost paradise or childhood trauma. In BialobrzeskiAs own words, A¬Having a home means having roots, which is not the same as being rooted to the spot.A® And since he is more interested in creating images than in detailing the places from which they spring, Heimat is A¬not a book about Germany as homeland per se.A® Rather, it creates a fixed image of A¬a personalized bit of visual and cultural history...
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