Gerd Ludwig :"There are more than seven million registered vehicles in Los Angeles County, California/USA. Images of traffic jams are omnipresent. But where do all those cars go to rest? These photographs examine where LA cars are spending their nights. In middle-class neighborhoods people often have 1-2 car garages but rather use them for storage. So cars are left on the streets to park overnight, often getting covered during holidays, or when their owners are out of town. The series shows cars that have a presence. They command their space. They are mostly loners and shy away from being too close to others. Many sleep in covers, wearing them like nightgowns, though some sleep in the nude. Some take daytime naps, a few lucky ones sleep in pairs."
GERD LUDWIG has been working for National Geographic for 25 years. His focus on environmental issues and the socio-economic changes following the dissolution of the Soviet Union after the end of the Cold War. Ludwig's photos are exhibited worldwide in exhibitions and have received awards, including the Lucie Award as "International Photographer of the Year". At Photokina in 2014, he was honored by the German Photograph Society with the Dr. Erich-Salomon Prize for his work. His latest book, "The Long Shadow of Chernobyl", was also awarded numerous prizes such as the Silver Cube of the Art Directors Club New York and the POY Best Photography Book Award.
SLEEPING CARS - Gerd Ludwig (35.5 × 28 cm , 144 pages, 75 ills., English, hardcover, bound in linen, with laminated cover photo, ISBN 978-3-901753-96-1, € 99.00) Edition Lammerhuber