For more than 10 years, German-American photographerhas been traveling around the world photographing the spread of “L.A. style development” in Las Vegas, Spain, France, Germany, Greece, Dubai and South Korea. Somehow the boom and bust of the construction industry looks the same worldwide.
California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)Massachusetts College of Art and DesignUdK BerlinU.C. Berkeley
La Fábrica, Madrid
DFA (Deutsche Fotografische Akademie)
Robert Harding Pittman grew up in Boston and Hamburg, the son of a German mother and American father. After taking his undergraduate and graduate degrees in environmental engineering (U.C. Berkeley), an area of concern that continues to inform his work, he received an M.F.A. in Photography and Film/Video at the California Institute of the Arts (Cal Arts). His main interest is how different cultures interact with the environment and how they manage “development”.
Kehrer Verlag has recently released his new photography book, “Anonymization”, compiling his work from various countries over the past ten years. George Eastman House curator Alison Nordström and environmentalist Bill McKibben have written essays for the book. The book has been nominated for the German Photobook Award (Deutscher Fotobuchpreis) and the Prix Pictet.
His award winning documentaries, which address many of the same issues treated in “Anonymization”, have been shown at festivals around the world. Currently, together with with actor and activist Martin Sheen, he is working with CFF Films in Germany on a new documentary film, “From under our feet”, about people across the globe being displaced by open-pit coal mining.