Andreas Seibert – The Colors of Growth

PhotoBook Journal

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photographs copyright Andreas Seibert 2013 published by Lars Muller Publishers

The opening color photographs of Andreas Seibert’s The Colors of Growth, China’s Huai River appear lyrical, what may seem a documentary of a beautiful place for peaceful contemplation. Then the landscape, portraits and captions rapidly transforms into a haunting narrative of a huge ecological disaster that ebbs and crawls through the bowls of China.

This book is about globalization as much as it is an ecological call to action. The photographs record the dire consequences of unchecked progress of yet another developing county in the midst of rapidly transforming itself from a farming economy into an industry economy. Regretfully, these developmental disasters keep repeating themselves, but now at a vast quicker pace. Europe went through these times that spanned many hundreds of years, while the United States condensed this time into less than a hundred years. The notorious Cuyahoga River…

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