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Christian Helmle: White Elephants

Christian Helmle: White Elephants

Christian Helmle: White Elephants

$45.00

Tobler, Konrad

Cl. Berlin, 2008

Book ID: 77370

In post-colonial Africa, "White Elephant" was the ironic moniker given to buildings erected with international money and never put to use. They remain as blights--eroding reminders of enormous waste. On his search for the remains of these architectural wastelands, Swiss photographer Christian Helmle discovered numerous other examples throughout Europe--in both urban and rural locations. There is no connection between the barren structures and their communities, since they have never fulfilled their intended function; nature has claimed them instead. In light of their instant obsolescence, these sites have a surreal air--and a sense of melancholy--which Helmle heightens to great effect.

128 pp., 60 color illus.