Wait for Walk

Florian Böhm

Text by Ronald Jones and Ulrich Pohlmann
2007, Hatje Cantz

Florian Böhm’s previous Endcommerical/Reading the City, produced in collaboration with Wolfgang Scheppe and Luca Pizzaroni, demonstrated Böhm’s infallible eye for the narrative details of city life with a study of what urbanists call “street furniture”–construction barriers, traffic signs and other sidewalk presences. This follow-up, Wait for Walk , turns the same cataloging eye to the humans navigating around those urban buoys. Böhm photographs passersby on the streets of Manhattan, catching them in slow motion, standing before traffic signals: motionless or fidgeting, lost in thought or deep in conversation, staring at nothing or sidetracked by a cell phone. Whether native New Yorkers or tourists, rich or poor, their shared circumstance, a momentary pause, draws attention to the astonishing wealth of information about each individual.


Hardcover: 128 pages
12.2 x 0.6 x 10 inches


Florian Böhm is a photographer, living and working in Munich and New York. He has exhibited his work at various international institutions including Storefront for Art and Architecture, KunstWerke Institute for Contemporary Art, NeHaus der Kunst and Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain. He was co-founder of the project EndCommercial® / Reading the City, a visual record of modern urban life widely acclaimed in journals and papers such as the New York Times, Domus, Art Forum, and Kunstforum International. The project contains over 60,000 images, and established a new visual vocabulary to describe our urban experience.



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