Peter Nitsch: Shophouses in Bangkok

Post pobrano z: Peter Nitsch: Shophouses in Bangkok
20100819_163857_PN_Shophouses05.jpgDocumentary photographer Peter Nitsch’s „Shophouses – 4 x 8 m Bangkok,” exhibited at Kathmandu Gallery in Bangkok, takes an in-depth look at the everyday lives of Thailand’s working population. Detailed information on the project is incuded below, followd by photographs of the exhibited work:

„The city as a living space, and that with its related concept of urbanism as a social phenomenon that according to Louis Wirth describes the rationalised lifestyle of urban people in comparison to the provinciality of rural inhabitants, is among the great themes of contemporary photography. Barely uttered, the “magic word” creates in our minds large pictures in which develop the technological aesthetic of urban-building excesses in globalised mega-cities. What we often forget in this respect is a second dimension of urbanism, which embraces the coexistence of various types of people, each with their own identity, in a limited living space. With his SHOPHOUSES – 4 x 8 m Bangkok series of works, Nitsch focuses precisely on this dimension.

„Beyond the skyscrapers and neon signs, which also increasingly oust the traditional cityscape of Bangkok, the photographer-artist, who was born in Germany in 1973, grants us an intimate view of the retail businesses that are typical of Southeast Asia and the lives of their owners. For many of them the mostly two-storey shop, that on the lower level is open to the street, is workplace and living space in one. Thus Nitsch’s photographs condense entire lifestyles in cramped surrounding that are often crammed full to the last centimetre and nevertheless radiate an almost meditative peace.”

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