Peter Bialobrzeski's photographs of the seashore allow us to experience something immediate, the presence of something sublime - the memory of an idealized notion of landscape. His images can also be read as a poetic meditation on change and disappearance — like the sinking of the legendary Rungholt, the Atlantis of the North. At the same time, they explore the relationship between humans and nature as well as formally, the interplay between figure, sea, and horizon.
Peter Bialobrzeski (b. 1961) studied politics and sociology before he became a photographer for a local paper in his native Wolfsburg/Germany. He travelled extensively in Asia before he went back to study photography at the Folkwangschule in Essen and the LCP in London. In the last nineteen years he has published thirty-one books. His work has been exhibited in Europe, USA, Asia, Africa and Australia and is held in various major public and private collections, including Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Sammlung FC Gundlach Hamburg, Ruhrmuseum Essen, Fotoforum Cologne, Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea Milano, DZ Bank Frankfurt am Main, Hessische Landesbank Frankfurt am Main, Quandt Holding Frankfurt am Main, ING Bank, Netherlands, Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation, Frankfurt am Main, Museo Vaticano, Rome, and the Uni Credit Art Collection in Munich. Until 2021 Peter Bialobrzeski taught photography at the University of the Arts in Bremen/Germany. He has received various awards, including the World Press Photo Award 2003 and 2010 and the Erich Salomon Award of the German Photographic Society 2012.