Living in an urban environment almost unavoidably means being surrounded by an abundance of anonymous messages everywhere you look. It’s often that those poetic phrases, rhetoric questions, or witty rhymes on the walls catch our attention and leave us injected with thoughts worth pondering. These lyrical incidents were also the key inspiration for German author and photographer Nicholas Ganz who decided to explore the phenomenon in a deeper scrutiny with his insightful project ‘The Street Message Book.’
Focusing on modern-day urban walls and the stories they tell, the photographer gives his readers a glimpse of the history of the writing on the walls, tracing back to its roots in Egyptian hieroglyphs and even the prehistoric messages in caves. While giving his own contribution to street art with his paintings, Ganz started documenting graffiti from as early as 1994. He has already successfully published several books on the subject, so his new project already has quite an audience of old anticipators and new inquisitives.
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