Anonymization by Alison Nordström
The Global Proliferation of Urban Sprawl

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When Robert Harding Pittman shows a row of empty brick shells in 'Anonymization'...there is little decay, picturesque or otherwise, to see, and no reminders of past glory.
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All across the world a uniform, homogeneous model of development, inspired by Los Angeles style urban sprawl—consisting of massive freeways, parking lots, shopping malls, and large-scale masterplanned communities with golf courses—is being stamped onto the earth's topography. This globalized model of architecture does not respect or adapt itself to the natural or cultural environment onto which it is implanted.

German American photographer Robert Harding Pittman began working on this project in Los Angeles ten years ago. Since then he has been photographing the spread of "L.A. style development" in Las Vegas, Spain, France, Germany, Greece, Dubai, and South Korea.

 

About Alison Nordström

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ALISON NORDSTROM is Curator of Photographs at George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, where she is also the USA director in the MA program in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management with Ryerson University. She is editor of the academic journal Photography and Culture, London. She has curated more than one hundred photographic exhibitions and is widely published.
 
Published December 4, 2012 by Kehrer Verlag. 120 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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When Robert Harding Pittman shows a row of empty brick shells in 'Anonymization'...there is little decay, picturesque or otherwise, to see, and no reminders of past glory.

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