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Lost in Transition | Peter Bialobrzeski

December 16, 2009

Peter Bialobrzeski is a Photographer and a Professor for photography at the University of the Arts Bremen in Germany. He originally studied politics and sociology in Germany before he studied photography at University of Essen and at the London College of Printing/University of the Arts London, and we can see clearly the inputs of these disciplines at his work.

The work Lost in Transition was presented at the L.A. Galerie Lothar Albrecht and in this project, the photographer examines the transformation of urban wastelands, many of them located on the peripheries of cities.

Michael Glasmeier pointed about his work: “Bialobrzeski’s photographs provide no commentary; the scenes are marked by both an exaggerated lack of identity and a paradoxical self-referentiality. Yet these very qualities give these places of disintegration and parallel mutation – these precise moments between an undefined past and an undefined future – a clarity and momentousness that restores their dignity amid the diffusion.”

The photographs were taken in more than twenty-eight cities and fourteen countries—including Hamburg, Dubai, New York, Singapore, New Delhi, and Kuala Lumpur—and portray the phenomenon of the transition from old to new, from the familiar to the abstract.  The kind of images that Bialobrzeski works, remind us somehow the work of Bas Princen or the works presented at Periferias exhibition in Centro de Arte 2 de Mayo. These images are as seductive as nineteenth-century Romantic paintings, but their apparent beauty is deceptive. As in his earlier works, Bialobrzeski masterfully explores the limitations of the documentary image.

From the press release:

Lost in Transition, emphatically addresses and gives visible form to this diffusion of urban space. Yet Bialobrzeski goes a decisive step further: his photographs do not content themselves with the simple appearance of transitory spaces and the incidental capture of a transitory moment—a doubling that intensifies the effect of the indeterminate and improbable. Nor are they to be read
primarily as traces, as an index of reality or aids to memory. All these factors, inherent in the medium of photography, do play a role in the images; yet I experience Bialobrzeski’s photographs rather as assertions, intensifying the improbability of the real and driving it further in the direction of decision. These images don’t just talk; they say.

More info at Peter Bialobrzeski’s web-site.

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