Gerd Ludwig Photography



For decades Moscow was regarded as a capital city devoid of vibrancy, self-expression and individualistic avenues. Not any more. Boasting more millionaires than any other city in the world, Moscow is now an international hotspot, making metropolises like New York City, Paris, and London glow pale by comparison. With its extravagant all-night discos, opulent restaurants, and chic designer boutiques, Moscow is fast becoming the jet set’s favorite place to see and be seen. In the shadow of the boom, Moscow’s nights are dominated by the disenfranchised: a growing number of homeless, struggling for diminishing aid; “gastarbeiters” from former Soviet Bloc countries looking for a slice of the pie; lonely elderly dying without anybody taking notice; and the helpless militia desperately trying to take charge in the turmoil. Presented in an exhibition at the gallery of FREELENS, Germany’s preeminent organization of photojournalists and documentary photographers, this work started as an assignment for National Geographic Magazine and was completed with a grant from VG Bild Kunst/Kulturwerk.

The exhibit takes place January 22 through March 3, 2010 at the FREELENS Galerie, Steinhöft 5 in Hamburg, Germany. Opening reception: Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 7 p.m.

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