the urban ads project 02

in this ongoing project I aim to show the effect that advertising in urban spaces can have – visually, aesthetically and politically. the city is and always will be filled with billboards and posters, putting forward opinions and thoughts, the mundane and the dream, stereotypes and cliches. we are often exposed to harsh campaigns, while we are never sure if what we see has any reference point with reality. the fact is that we are surrounded by images promoting “something“ for “someone“.

urban women is the second part in a trilogy on the images that transport such messages. the first part – shanghai billboards – plays with the same idea but in a typographic, almost encrypted way. urban women is much more obvious, aggressive – just the way the female image is used very often in advertising. the (re)presentation of women in such ways and female images created for advertising fill the streets of cities nowadays. it is time to analyze these images critically in order to rethink and engage.

johannes rigal

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© johannes rigal / 2017

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photography and the urban – a complicated relationship. how can you possibly document the craziness, hardship, happiness, vibrantness, and all the other things that any modern metropolis is by „just“ taking pictures? 

it is this impossible task that has made me a passionate urban photographer, always trying to find a way to portray the urban fabric, the urban dynamics and most importantly the individuals that shape these vibrant and somehow impossible yet contemporary places.

this website aims to illustrate my journey: urban photography projects that try to illustrate the urban. these projects with and within the city include: object photography, portraits, (urban) landscapes, architecture, art.