A photo book project about how suburbia is conquering the world.
For the past four years I've been traveling the globe in order to capture the development of the suburban sprawl that have reached most continents by now. So far I've visited five continents (Unfortunately Antarctica does not have suburbs, just penguins.)
I've come a long way and I'm very pleased with what I've managed to capture so far.
In order to finish the project I need to visit the remaining two continents, South and North America and their largest cities, Sao Paulo and Mexico City. The research is done and the dates are set so the only thing that remains is funding for travel, accommodation and the salary for local fixers and assistants.
According to my calculation I would need $3000 to cover my expenses.
Right now the schedule is the following:
Sao Paulo - Feb 17-23
Mexico City - Feb 24 -March 3
Suburbia gone Wild offers a unique look in to one of the greatest structural changes of the 21st-century, the rise of the upper middle class in the developing world. For the past four years I’ve explored the search for identity among the new upper middle class in newly developed suburbs surrounding the new economic centers of the world. By omitting geographical and national traces I seek to create a strong visual narrative between the suburbs. The similarities interest me more then the national and cultural differences.
I've focused on the model homes (also known as show homes) and the suburban landscape in order to describe the transformation, which more and more echoes the constructed world of the Truman Show. I wanted to depict this curious phenomenon in a positively amusing and awkwardly eerie way. My documentation of the global suburban sprawl includes the suburbs of Bangkok, Shanghai, Bangalore, Cairo, Moscow and Johannesburg . Next and final stop on my journey will be Sao Paulo and Mexico City.
Suburbia Gone Wild has been nominated for the Prix Pictet 2010.
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Martin Adolfsson is a Swedish photographer based in NYC since 2007, he shoots portraits, travel and architectural work for magazines such as Monocle, New York Magazine, Der Spiegel, Fortune, BMW Magazine as well as advertising for Sony Ericsson, and Nokia.
For more info about me please visit my website:
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