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Factories | Branislav Kropilak

February 24, 2010

We often cover photographers that contribute to the documentation and artistic work on the urban environment and other related topics. Now, Branislav Kropilak’s images of industrial, urban, and corporate landscapes got us thinking about how modern technology has shaped the human environment.

We can read the following conversation about his focus on the industrial:

Your photography projects focus on industrial, urban, and corporate landscapes largely devoid of the human presence. Are you, in any way, trying to document the alienation inherent in these topographies? Or, are you simply more interested in their formalistic qualities?

It is true that I often prefer to focus on the subjects in their purest forms, but it really depends on the series and its concept. In ‘Garages’ for instance, the lack of human presence is clearly intended, the series illustrates the utopian image how these places would look if society wasn’t bound by the consumption mechanism.

The image above is reminiscent of the work of Bernd and Hilla Becher and their famous photographs of the disappearing German industrial architecture in 1959, like  this one:

Kropilak says that he simply loved the kind of scenery that was unattractive to most people, as these factories could be, and continues: “Of course, every series has it’s own personal concept and very different approach, but in the end all my work is connected as a complex study of our environment. I guess the fact that I grew up and lived in many industrial cities throughout my life has something to do with my obsession for “ugly” things.”

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For more amazing info and photos, visit Kropilak’s web-site.

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