Case Study Homes.
Photographs by Peter Bialobrzeski.
Hatje Cantz, 2009. 84 pp., 50 color illustrations, 9x8½".
“For a second, Peter Bialobrzeski brings globalization to a halt and shows us, in his great photographs, what we usually do not see.” F.A.Z.
Case Study Homes is actually a sketchbook. Within the scope of a project in 2008, Peter Bialobrzeski photographed urban structures in Manila. A shantytown between two container terminals was supposed to be the site for a few photos. After slumbering in a digital archive until the fall of 2008 and following six months of research in Asia, the time came for the artist to view the material. This happened to coincide with the collapse of the Lehman Brothers Bank and the outbreak of media paranoia about a second global economic crisis. Although even before all of this occurred a connection could be established between these images and the photographs of impoverished rural Americans commissioned by the Farm Security Administration in the thirties, current events give Bialobrzeski’s works yet another dimension. Furthermore, they pay homage to the desire of people to make homes for themselves. The will to survive and creativity manifest in these dwellings made of the waste products of civilization.
Read Mary Goodwin's review of Case Study Homes in photo-eye Magazine.