Cocoons (Hardcover)

Cocoons By Peter Steinhauer, Linda Benedict Jones (Foreword by) Cover Image

Cocoons (Hardcover)


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A 20+ year collection of photographs documenting Hong Kong's hauntingly beautiful construction sites encaged (cocooned!) in bamboo scaffolding, draped in brightly hued material.

Since 1993, Peter Steinhauer has documented the many facets of Asian culture, with a keen eye for architecture, urban landscape, and man-made structures and environments. On his first visit to Hong Kong in 1994, arriving at the old Kai Tak International Airport, Steinhauer noticed a very large structure encaged in bamboo and swathed in yellow material standing out beneath a canopy of clouds, glowing against the monochromatic, urban skyline. Hong Kong is the final stronghold of the bamboo scaffolders who once practiced their trade at construction sites throughout Asia.

Reproduced in this collectible book are 100 remarkable images that reflect Steinhauer's fascination with these hauntingly beautiful and monumental edifices, their bamboo scaffolding draped in brightly hued material. The title, Cocoons, is a natural choice for this body of work celebrating the giant wrapped, cocoon-like structures, later to be unveiled ceremoniously, revealing for the first time the brand-new facades.
Peter Steinhauer is an award-winning photographer whose work has been published in the monographs, Vietnam: Portraits and Landscapes (2002) and Enduring Spirit of Vietnam (2007; foreword by Michael Kenna), named Best Photography Book of the Year by PDN. Represented by leading international galleries, his work is held in museums and in private, corporate and embassy collections. Born in Boulder, CO, Steinhauer lived in Asia for 20 years. He currently resides in San Francisco, CA. Linda Benedict-Jones is an independent curator based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2015, she retired from her role as the first Curator of Photography at Carnegie Museum of Art. Prior to this, she was Executive Director of Silver Eye Center for Photography. She has also served as Curator of Education at The Frick Pittsburgh and she taught courses in the history of photography at Carnegie Mellon University for 18 years, from 1999 to 2017. Before moving to Pittsburgh in 1993, Benedict-Jones was Curator of The Polaroid Collection and director of Polaroid's Clarence Kennedy Gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Product Details ISBN: 9781576878804
ISBN-10: 1576878805
Publisher: powerHouse Books
Publication Date: November 20th, 2018
Pages: 128
Language: English
"Who knew scaffolding could be so mesmerizing?" 
— Architectural Digest

"An essential document of a sublime secret in urban architecture."
— We Heart

As seen in: South China Morning Post, CNN, Hyperallergic, Atlas Obscura, Quartz, The Guardian, PDN Photo of the Day, Aspire Design and Home