Delighted to release our final book of 2015 - In Search of Habitat by Lars Rolfsted Mortensen. Lars came to me with this project back in May 2015 and I loved it instantly. It's exactly the kind of project I created The Velvet Cell to provide a platform for.
Shot over two months in nine different Indian cities, it is also our biggest book to date. We printed it on premium Magno Satin 170gsm paper and the book contains 45 plates and a great essay by Mr. Mortensen himself.
As Lars says "Both the photographs and the essay examine the haphazard and often contradictory urban growth, and together they offer a glimpse of India’s present and future cities, and as such, the very frame within which the lives of more than 400 million people currently take place."
Scroll down to see photos and read the description.
I hope you enjoy it, and please share with your friends!
In Search of Habitat
Lars Rolfsted Mortensen
92 pp / 250 x 280 mm
Card Cover with Gatefold
Section-Sewn, Colour Offset
45 Colour Plates & Essay
Limited Edition of 500
About In Search of Habitat:
In Search of Habitat explores the expansion of metropolitan India through two parallel narratives, a sequence of 45 photographs and an essay on urban planning and geography. Presenting the images of urban India alongside a description of its formation, the work illuminates both the mechanisms propelling urban growth and the built matter left to posterity. As such, the two narratives of the book are intended to inform and unfold one another.
The work focuses mainly on the fringes of metropolitan India; places of construction, deterioration and places where landscape and urban development intersect. The photographs were taken during two months of fieldwork in late 2010, covering nine different cities across the country. Both the photographs and the essay examine the haphazard and often contradictory urban growth, and together they offer a glimpse of India’s present and future cities, and as such, the very frame within which the lives of more than 400 million people currently take place.
About Lars Rolfsted Mortensen:
Lars Rolfsted Mortensen is an architect and photographer based in Copenhagen, Denmark. His photographic works are indebted to the New Topographics and revolves around subjects such as urban transformation, infrastructure and the notion of ‘multiple modernities’ as witnessed in the geographically diverse trajectories of modern urban development. His work aims to present spatial and aesthetic qualities of both common and unusual places, which are generally considered subpar or unworthy of attention. Lars is currently finishing his Ph.D. at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture.