“This project features fragments of nature—some staged, others untouched and unaffected by urban growth—located on the periphery of the artificially lit infrastructure of Asian metropolises. The photographs celebrate the lush growth as a sign of hope, yet provoke the question of whether we can still responsibly account for this kind of illumination given the prognosticated climate catastrophe. If we become sensible of our responsibility, then we will have to resort to technologies that put a halt to the waste—and these pictures will become a part of history. The photographs will remind us that decadence and stupidity almost always look quite pretty.”Peter Bialobrzeski
Peter Bialobrzeski studied Politics and Sociology before he became a photographer for a local paper in his native Wolfsburg, Germany. He travelled extensively in Asia before he went to study photography and design at the Folkwangschule Essen and the London College of Printing. Within the last 16 years he has published twelve books. His work has been exhibited in Europe, USA, Asia, Africa and Australia. He has won several awards including the prestigious World Press Photo Award in 2003 and 2010. Since 2002 Peter has been a regular Professor of Photography at the University of the Arts in Bremen. Furthermore he runs workshops around the world. He is represented by Laurence Miller Gallery in New York, LA Galerie in Frankfurt and also shows with Robert Morat Gallery in Berlin and Hamburg, as well as at m97 Gallery in Shanghai. In 2012 he was honoured with the Erich Salomon Award by the German Society of Photographers (DGPh).