Asmara

The Frozen City

Photographs by Stefan Boness

Jochen Visscher (ed.)

Hardcover
16 x 16 cm
96 pages, 94 col.
English/Italian/German
ISBN 978-3-936314-61-8
10.2006

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Asmara, capital of the state of Eritrea, located in North Eastern Africa, is considered to be an impressive example of European urban construction of the 20th century. To this day, the influence of the former colonial power of Italy on the architecture of the city from the early 20th century to the 1940’s remains visible. Many of the buildings, erected in the futuristic, monumentalist or rationalistic style have been preserved and dominate the cityscape of Asmara. In particular, architectural projects dating back to the late 1930’s and early 1940’s are the focal point of the work of photographer Stefan Boness. These include private, public and industrial buildings, which he photographed over the course of several months and which he staged incorporating their urban surroundings. Through his photographs, Stefan Boness has succeeded in expressing the unique atmosphere of Asmara, where time seemingly is standing still.


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