Sleeping Carsnew

American Photography AP 33

Gerd Ludwig
35,5 x 28 cm
144 pages 
75 photos

Hardcover, bound in linen
ISBN 978-3-901753-96-1
November 2016

Sleeping Cars

Are you crazy enough to think that cars really sleep? Gerd Ludwig’s images make you believe they do.

In Los Angeles County there are more than seven million registered vehicles. Everybody knows about highway traffic here. But where do all those cars go to rest? Gerd Ludwig is a night owl and doesn’t need much sleep. So he sometimes goes out at night to photograph – sleeping cars. Cruising in search of cars that speak to him. His cars are loners. They command their own space. They are not crowded in with others to have a presence. After a while he recognizes their sleeping patterns. The cars in this project are photographed as he finds them. Their covers are like nightgowns, though some sleep in the nude. Some take daytime naps and a few lucky ones get to sleep together. Occasionally proud car owners ask him if he wants them to move or uncover the car for the photograph, but , Ludwig says, “I generally don’t like them to disturb the cars in their sleep.”

Exhibition SLEEPING CARS, FAHEY/KLEIN Gallery, Los Angeles, February 4 through March 19, 2016


Gerd Ludwig

is an internationally renowned photographer and has been working primarily for National Geographic Magazine since 1989. His focus on environmental issues and the socio-economic changes following the dissolution of the Soviet Bloc resulted in his ten-year retrospective exhibition and book, Broken Empire: After the Fall of the USSR, published in 2001 by National Geographic in the US, Germany and Korea. His ongoing coverage of post-Soviet Russia has earned him the distinction of being the world’s foremost color photographer documenting the region. He has received numerous awards, including the 2006 Lucie Award for International Photographer of the Year, the 2014 German Society for Photography (DGPh)’s prestigious Dr. Erich Salomon Award, and in 2015 he received the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism. His homepage: www.gerdludwig.com