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Abandoned Germany

Author/EditorVillette, Aurelien (Author)
Publisher: Jonglez
ISBN: 9782361955946
Pub Date31/10/2023
BindingHardback
Pages256
Dimensions (mm)290(h) * 235(w)
These outstanding photographic reports aim to draw attention to the often dramatic fate of a country's abandoned heritage and its frequently forgotten beauty. The locations featured all have their own stories to tell, in a variety of voices, but with one shared theme: the fall from grace
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Beautiful, haunting photographs of abandoned places in Germany. The ultimate visual reference in German urban exploration.


These outstanding photographic reports aim to draw attention to the often dramatic fate of a country's abandoned heritage and its frequently forgotten beauty. The locations featured all have their own stories to tell, in a variety of voices, but with one

shared theme: the fall from grace.


Over 15 urban forays to seek out abandoned places have been undertaken by Aurelien Villette and have helped him paint an alternative portrait of contemporary Germany - a land scarred by many historical fractures which the passage of time has willingly glossed over, thus remaining only in

people's memories.

Grand congress hotels from the Socialist era, the once popular Ballhaus often built with basic, functional materials which were not made to last, derelict factories, buildings converted into museums, and barracks now transformed into flats or simply knocked down to make way for solar panels.

Beautiful, haunting photographs of abandoned places in Germany. The ultimate visual reference in German urban exploration.


These outstanding photographic reports aim to draw attention to the often dramatic fate of a country's abandoned heritage and its frequently forgotten beauty. The locations featured all have their own stories to tell, in a variety of voices, but with one

shared theme: the fall from grace.


Over 15 urban forays to seek out abandoned places have been undertaken by Aurelien Villette and have helped him paint an alternative portrait of contemporary Germany - a land scarred by many historical fractures which the passage of time has willingly glossed over, thus remaining only in

people's memories.

Grand congress hotels from the Socialist era, the once popular Ballhaus often built with basic, functional materials which were not made to last, derelict factories, buildings converted into museums, and barracks now transformed into flats or simply knocked down to make way for solar panels.

Aurelien Villette is a French photographer born in 1982 in Le Chesnay, near Paris. To him, photography is about travelling. Since the beginning of his career, he has visited more than 45 countries, maintaining an endless curiosity about encountering new societies and histories. His vision of the world is shaped by the motif of ruins. Villette is passionate about those 'architectural palimpsests', as he likes to call them, in that they represent a key to understanding Humanity. His mesmerising work seems to challenge our notion of "heritage". Why were those places abandoned? Should they be conserved? Should we consider them as the failure of people's ambitions, or rather as the transitory state of our History? But more importantly ... how can looking at our past tell us something about our present? The truth is that what we choose to abandon is a part of who we are - it stands as a determinant factor of our collective identity. Halfway between photography and anthropology, his work marks Aurelien Villette as an accomplished artist, and in 2012 he was commended by the jury at the SFR Young Talents Contest.

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