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THE NEW INEQUALITY: A PHOTO BOOK TRACING NEO-LIBERAL ARCHITECTURES. Arne Schmitt and Thorsten Kramer. Spector Books, Leipzig, 2016. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Ram Publications, Santa Monica. 88 pp. 20 x 22 cm. ISBN 9783959050272 In English.
Publisher's description: Young German photographer Arne Schmitt's (b. 1984) black-and-white depictions of Cologne's urban architecture, old and new, harken back to the theme-oriented photo-books of the 1950s and '60s, which functioned as both political and social critique. Schmitt focuses his camera on the urban fabric of Cologne created by neo-liberal policies after WWII, inspired by the physical collapse in 2009 of the Stadtarchiv, Europe's largest and oldest historical city archive. Built in the 1970s, the Stadtarchiv's structural failure could be seen as symbolic of the disastrous consequences of the neo-liberal economic policies in Germany, the U.S. and Britain that led to the 2008-9 global economic collapse. Critiques of neo-liberalism often run into difficulty because they lack a clearly defi ned object of focus. Faced with structural complexities, their analysis and criticism is often directed toward isolated instances. Schmitt confronts this political conversation with the resolutely straightforward approach of the documentary eye.
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Worldwide Number: 172996
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