URBAN FEVER – Scenes from city life. Photographs by Jürgen Bürgin.
URBAN FEVER is reporting of life in the big cities in personal and emotional photographs. Jürgen Bürgin’s pictures tell stories, they carry secrets, and they discover special, poetic moments in everyday life.
If Jürgen Bürgin walks through big cities, his movements within the city affect his photography. He climbs into the subway at any station and gets off it somewhere else; he is meeting up with friends, is going to the museum, the concert, and the movies. He is getting to know people as he’s watching strangers. Moreover, he has no strict photographic concepts that he wishes to implement. Life does not follow a concept. It is influenced by chance, encounters, ideas, and events. As a photographer, he believes that his role is not to create order where there is none in life. That is why this book is marked by scenes of encounters and impressions of people and life in general. Each photo, like a poem, stands on its own, generates feelings, conveys impressions, and triggers thoughts.
Likewise, there are also influences of the big city films in Jürgen Bürgin’s pictures, whether they are from Woody Allen’s New York homages or Wong Kar-Wai’s Hong Kong melodramas. Sometimes you think of the still photos hanging in front of cinemas, which are intended to denote the film’s story and convey its mood. We meet an elderly New Yorker who stops in the night bustle of the city. He directs his gaze upwards, somewhere outside the picture, perhaps on a billboard. For a moment, time stops, and we are trying to read from his eyes. We are observing two children in Vietnam, who share a bike and cycle through the nightly Saigon. The boy sits in front and turns to the girl sitting behind on the luggage rack and pedals. One seems to hear the conversations of children. Violet light gives the scene something unreal. It is the cover photo of the book. And we meet a lady who had just maybe shopping on 5th Avenue in New York. She was driven to Metropolitan Opera by her chauffeur. It is pouring in torrents, and with a proud look the lady walks, perhaps belatedly, to the opera, carrying her purchases in her hand.
Above all, URBAN FEVER highlights the love of big city life and the people the photographer meets, but often only observea, and whom he sometimes photographs. In addition, at times, the outcome captivates the photographer, draws him towards it, and concerns him. The effect strikes his fancy and causes him to think about the life of the people he has photographed. Some of these photos are marked by the hectic restlessness of the metropolis, while others capture the silence and thoughtfulness of city life. But all of them express a singular mood: the big city fever.
The photos of the series URBAN FEVER have been shot in the years 2010-2016 in Tokyo, New York, Berlin, Saigon, Lisbon, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Barcelona. The book design was made by the Berlin based designer Nancy Moeller.
Jürgen Bürgin, born in 1971, is living in Berlin as a photographer. His works have been exhibited at South Street Seaport Museum in New York, at Galerie Lardon in Ahrenshoop, at Deutsche Bank in Berlin, at Galerie Aspekt in Neustadt, at Art Fair Cologne, at Affordable Art Fair in Hamburg, at Fotogalerie Potsdam and at the Galerie Seifert Lardon in Berlin. His exhibition “Urban Ballads” at Fotogalerie Friedrichshain in 2013 was his first solo exhibition. It got a big media and audience response, daily newspaper Tagesspiegel wrote: “It’s the melancholy of the everyday moments that allows the photographer Jürgen Bürgin to captivate the viewer.”
His works have been awarded, among others, by the renowned Berlin photography gallery C/O Berlin. He was nominated for the ‘Sony World Photography Award’, as well as ‘Urban Photographer of the Year’ and he took second place at the Brennpunkt Award of the Browse Photo Festival in Berlin. In 2015 he showed “Urban Nights” at Fotogalerie Potsdam, and his works were part of the jubilee exhibition of Fotogalerie Friedrichshain in Berlin. In 2016 he showed his series “Vietnam Streets” in Berlin in a solo exhibition and “Mensch und Metropole” at Galerie im Saalbau in Berlin.
URBAN FEVER – Scenes from city life. Photographs by Jürgen Bürgin. With a foreword by Jürgen Bürgin.
112 pages, print run: 500; Hardcover, offset print, 22 x 17,2 cm; 30,- €; Special Edition with two Fine Art Prints on Hahnemühle Rag paper, ca. 30×20 cm: 80,- €