Europäischer Architekturfotografie-Preis 2009, Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt
25. 04. – 30. 06. 2009
Not Niigata, European Eyes on Japan Festival, CAC, Vilnius
14.07. – 16. 08. 2009
Galerie der Stadt Wels
September – October 2009
Higley, Norton Gallery, Phoenix Art Museum
06.03. – 27. 06. 2010
Not Niigata, Robert Morat Galerie, Hamburg
Special edition of 100 + 5 e. a. copies, with a signed C-print, sheet size approx. 30 x 40 cm. Motif can be chosen from the book, Euro 128,– / Sfr 200,–
»When traveling in a foreign place, I tend to be fascinated with both the exotic and the mundane. The two are often one and the same, especially in a place where the gap between old and new is astronomical. But what does it mean to photograph with the pretense of documentation? I find it is easy to get caught up in chasing an illusion of what I think a place should look like; preconceptions are powerful and the quest to understand a place often leads to a greater misunderstanding. The best I can do is tell the story of my traveling and responding visually to a place I don’t necessarily understand. It is the story of not understanding Niigata.«
Earlier this year, Andrew Phelps was comissioned to take photographs in Japan’s Niigata Prefecture for the »European Eyes on Japan Festival.« The volume Not Niigata presents the artist’s selection from the hundreds of images he brought back from his trip.
Phelps (*1967 in Mesa, Arizona, USA) works as a freelance artist in Salzburg, Austria, and is member of the Galerie Fotohof. He has published several photo books (Nature de Luxe, 2004; Higley, 2007; Baghdad Suite, 2008) and has shown his works in numerous solo- and group exhibitions.
Authors: Andrew Phelps
Artists: Andrew Phelps
28,5 x 28,5 cm
36 color ills.