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Bialobrzeski, Peter (Photographer); Hanig, Florian & Ribbat, Christof (Contributors). NEON TIGERS. Ostfildern-ruit, Germany: Hatje Cantz Publishers, 2004. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 115 pages. As New.

Collection of panoramic color photographs. One of the greatest photography books of the decade. The true First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. A brilliant production by Peter Bialobrzeski: Oversize-volume format in wide oblong shape. Pictorial hard boards with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Peter Bialobrzeski. Essays by Florian Hanig and Christof Ribbat. Printed on thick coated stock paper in Germany to the very highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents photographs of the "mega-tropolis", made possible by the economic miracle of Asia's "tiger economies". The "Neon Tigers" are Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, and Kuala Lumpur. There are shelves of books on the explosive and seemingly unstoppable growth of China, once a "sleeping giant", which nows owns more than $2 trillion in US treasury bonds and growing. Peter Bialobrzeski's eye-opening, visually rich, and resonant photographs were all taken using well, a camera. But the resulting images give new meaning to "futuristic", "larger-than-life", and "absurd", presenting a world-view "that appears as a series of dream-images from an eccentric director or computer-game designer" (Publisher's blurb). Is this Progress, as Western capitalism envisioned it, or is this barbarism, as some critics and scholars have called it? Neither. It is Power Made Visible, as only photography (rather than say, painting) can fully grasp. Bialobrzeski's images are not about fantasies but new realities: While America = suburbia, Asia = the city. The city's most visible art, architecture, and architecture's most powerful invention, the skyscraper, are visible proof that if the 20th was the American century, the 21st is the Chinese century. Bialobrzeski has emerged as one of the leading figures of the inevitable revolt against the influential Dusseldorf School. He is a neo-Romantic who believes that the messiness and rich ambiguities of modern life are the true subject of contemporary photography. Whereas Robert Polidori and Andreas Gursky are clearly awed by the gleaming vistas they photograph, Bialobrzeski is not. He sees painful ironies everywhere. For example, whereas European and American cities still have a center, the Neon Tigers have shopping centers. He asks two crucial questions: What is the cost in human terms Asians have had to pay in their single-minded pursuit of prosperity? Is the idea of the human scale still possible in the 21st century? His photographs represent his attempt at some answers. A "must-have" title for Peter Bialobrzeski collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Peter Bialobrzeski. This title is a contemporary classic. This is the only signed copy available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 50 color plates. One of the most brilliant living photographers. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ANDREAS GURSKY, ROBERT POLIDORI, AND MICHAEL WOLF TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 3775713948. $800.00

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