Selected title German Photo Book Award 2013
In October 2010, Philipp Gallon set off on a trip to the Middle East. Instead of boarding a plane, however, he traveled over land to Istanbul, Ankara, Aleppo, Damascus, Beirut, Amman, the West Bank, Suez, Cairo and Alexandria. Gallon came back with images of a region in the throes of upheaval, not knowing that just one month after his return, what is in the meantime known as the »Arab Spring« would get underway in Tunisia. With the help of a medium-format camera and a tripod, Gallon counters the shaky, out-of-focus mobile phone captures that have shaped the media image of recent events in the Middle East with pictures that look like scenes snatched from a cohesive narrative. A fleeting Before, or After. In-between pictures. They are about people, urban infrastructure, ordinary everyday things. Things that can be found all over the world. Images that seem to search for common ground instead of differences.
Philipp Gallon (b. 1979) studied photography at the Folkwang Universität der Künste and the Högskolan för fotografi in Gothenburg, Sweden. He lives and works in Stockholm.
Authors: Maria Lantz, Philipp Gallon
Artists: Philipp Gallon
17 x 24,5 cm
42 color ills.