City Diaries

July 27, 4–6 p.m. | Talk and Finissage
Peter Bialobrzeski in conversation with Andreas Langen at 5 p.m.

June 29–July 27, 2024
Usual Opening hours Tue–Fr, 2–6 p.m., Saturdays vary.
Saturday June 20: open from noon to 4 p.m.

Opening was Saturday June 29, 4–6 p.m.
This exhibition is part of the Fotosommer Stuttgart

In twenty-three previously published CITY DIARIES, over 30 of which have been photographed in total, Peter Bialobrzeski examines the thesis of whether the draft image of a city, fed by preconceptions, what is found and what is conveyed by the media, can be transformed into a specific image. He extends the photographic means of the 19th century - central perspective and tripod - with digital recording technology. The seemingly constant light is due both to the choice of the time of shooting - morning and evening - and to digital post-processing. This formal strategy is derived from the fact that he avoids any form of drama, joke or event. The images are intended to function exclusively via the signs and refer to the contexts mentioned above. This objectifying aesthetic, paired with coincidences that are very much in the tradition of street photography, results in photographs that subjectively map urban space. Any form of symbolism is alien to him, the images do not require textual attributions and are intended to function as "autonomous images", insofar as this is possible at all.

The last eight City Diaries have been published by Hartmann Books, with more to follow, and all the books still available are also part of the exhibition.

Peter Bialobrzeski's work has been exhibited worldwide. He has received numerous awards, including two World Press Photo Awards (2003, 2010). In 2012, he received the Dr. Erich Salomon Award from the German Photographic Society.