METROPOLIS - City Life in the Urban Age




Is a decent, humane life possible in a modern megalopolis that is bursting at its seams? On May 23, 2007 for the first time in history more people lived in cities than in the countryside: 3.3 billion people on 3% of the earth's surface. This development has far-reaching implications.

The Noorderlicht Photofestival 2011 will deal with the role of the city as the nerve centre for our modern globalised society - running the gamut from utopia to dystopia. Noorderlicht has collaborated with GUP to offer our readers an exclusive sneak preview, highlighting the work of the first four photographers who will be presented during the festival: Michael Wolf, Katrin Koenning, Marcos Krivy and Christoph Gielen.

The main exhibition consists of six chapters. We wrote small background stories on each of them and will bring you a newly announced photographer while we're at it:
Chapter 1: Astonished
Chapter 2: Astray
Chapter 3: Home
Chapter 4. Deficient
Chapter 5: Machinery (week 36)
Chapter 6: Assembly (week 38)