This group of images made in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, Vietnam, are part of the project, LIVING CITY, which examines the contemporary cultural landscape of urban spaces – places made and lived in over time. They document the nature of urbanism in details of commerce, recreation, and social history, in cities in Asia, Europe and the Americas. Using elevated vantage points and deep vistas, the images reveal spatial and temporal connections not visible at pedestrian level. Filled with intimate details of street life while sharing a view of the gestalt, they examine the structures, collective narrative, and temporal multiplicity of urban space. Elements of architecture, infrastructure, signage, and occupation are rendered with a specificity of detail that is abundant, embedded and particular to its culture and time. When the images are printed large, one can scrutinize the rich complexity of urban space, allowing for a deeper appreciation of the layered and living spirit of the cities we inhabit.
Nominated by Barbara Tannenbaum, Curator of Photography, Cleveland Museum of Art