For three years, Zürich-based photographers Rico Scagliola (b. 1982) and Michael Meier (b. 1985) have been taking candid photographs of people from all walks of life on streets and city squares, in cafés and bars, train stations and airports, stores and shopping centers. In the tradition of subjective street photography, they explore everyday rituals and self-presentation strategies, observing how the boundaries between public and private spheres are being increasingly blurred by new media. The photographs in this timely and provocative artist book reveal how individuals from Western cultures strive to display unique identities, yet cannot escape all-engulfing mainstream culture of homogenized commercial urban centers. Text fragments alongside the photographs capture snatches of conversations overheard in the street and passages from YouTube monologues. Scagliola and Meier’s account of ordinary everyday experience immerses the reader in a “mainstream” consciousness in which pictures and texts yield an overall view of our increasingly transnational society. Their second publication with Edition Patrick Frey. The duo has shown at FOAM (Amsterdam) and Fotomuseum Winterthur (Zürich).
8 ½ x 12 ½ in. / 232 pp / 160 color
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