With True City, a photographic essay on the “global city” of the twenty-first century, photographer and sociologist Charlie Koolhaas weaves a dense photographic patchwork of images of the historic commercial centers of London, Guangzhou, and Houston and the emerging centers of commerce Dubai and Lagos. For her research, the author has visited these cities and taken photographs which reflect contemporary life in a concentrated way. The images illustrate current issues such as the contradiction between cultural homogenization and local diversity at a time of globalization.
True City starkly contrasts the various urban landscapes with their inhabitants to reveal the differences and similarities between the cities, their cultures, the architecture, and the people living in them. The book is part street photography, part raw documentary and intense observation. Literary text collages by the author supplement the visual explorations and form an associative network with them.
* > Charlie Koolhaas (born in London, 1977) is a Dutch sociologist and artist. She graduated from New York University in 1999. Her editorial career includes magazine work in New York and London.