Suburbanosity

St. Andrews Manor, Shanghai, China (2009)

St. Andrews Manor, Shanghai, China (2009)

Thanks to Atlantic’s far-reaching reviewers and commentators for their attention to this book:

Swedish-born photographer Martin Adolfsson has been living in New York City since 2007, but he’s spent a lot of his time documenting upper middle-class suburban enclaves outside the U.S.

After six years of travel to five different continents, Adolfsson has published Suburbia Gone Wilda new photography book that goes in and around the model homes of wealthy cul-de-sacs in cities like Bangalore, Moscow, and Cairo. His discoveries reveal a world that continues to homogenize around emerging clusters of wealth aspiring to a particularly American brand of suburban life.

It wasn’t always easy for Adolfsson to capture these oddly beautiful shots of perfectly arranged kitchen pantries and opulent living rooms. His method was to photograph the model homes inside these developments, hiring locals to pretend to be a significant other who would then distract sales reps as he snuck off to take pictures around the house….

…What was the strangest thing you discovered inside one of these homes?

Probably the portrait of John Kerry in St. Andrews Manor in Shanghai.

Was there anything about the cultures around these suburban developments that surprised you as you explored more of them?

I came to the realization that many of the residents living in these suburbs share a common identity with residents living in similar communities around the world, whether it’s Bangkok, Cairo, Moscow or São Paulo, than they do with their fellow countrymen living outside the gates of these suburbs. I think this is the beginning of a huge global shift where national identity is becoming less relevant.

Read the whole review here.

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