February 24, 2014

Avenida Paulista, São Paulo

 The Avenida Paulista is a three-kilometer-long avenue southwest of downtown São Paulo.
This street was inaugurated in 1891; coffee farmers, banks, consulates and ministries built grand headquarters here.
Ever since it was founded, it has represented the many changes of the political and economic situation in Brazil.
Besides being a location for administrative buildings for companies operating globally, publishing houses, and banks, it is also a meeting point for rallies, a living space for homeless people, a workplace for street artists, a strip mall, and the landmark of the largest city of Latin America.
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February 22, 2014

Hosur Road, Bangalore

This is a photographic work about an arterial road in the Indian metropolis Bangalore. Since the early 1990s, the city of Bangalore has experienced fundamental changes and become the capital of the Indian software industry, nicknamed the "Silicon Valley of India".

Right from the beginning, traffic increased and infrastructure expanded.

In 1997 I photographed the software scene in Bangalore, showing an insider’s view. I photographed offices and portrayed the engineers and executives of this industry at work in order to show the atmosphere of this globalized business.
Eleven years later I focused on the same topic but included the modified cityscape which had undergone many changes due to increased wealth and growth of its software industry. I once again visited and portrayed some of the protagonists from my former work in my photos.

In 2013 I returned to Bangalore, planning to take pictures of life at Hosur Road, its expansion being a symbol of economic growth with everything that that entails. Meanwhile, an overpass was built to reduce the number of daily traffic jams.
The overpass is an immense arc above Hosur Road and appears as a red threat in this series.

Along this traffic route, one can experience many aspects of Indian society as well as the impact of fast economic growth.
The success and affluence of the software companies operating at an international level, with their steel office buildings and spectacular architecture, exist in stark contrast next to small, long-established villages with unsecured water supplies and poverty.
A large number of cars and busses commute between the different technology parks along the road and the center of the city. Waste is disposed of into streams, sometimes being burned on the curb - a proper waste removal strategy is missing, and it shows. Stray dogs search for food in the piles of rubbish. Food stands and traveling merchants provide food for the commuters.
Several people visit temples on the side of the road in order to receive blessing from the gods. It is loud, dusty, and very warm.

The density of sensations and volatile events as well as the strong contrasts in living conditions on this ten-kilometer-long highway is the focus of this series.
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February 20, 2014

February 19, 2014

Veken and Ritter

Dominic Veken, strategic consultant and Jan Ritter, executive director,
Hamburg, for Brand eins 02/2014

February 5, 2014