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Photo of the Week: Klaus Pichler

Wednesday 14 August 2013
Words Darren Skene

This week’s image is by Austrian photographer Klaus Pichler, from his series ‘Middle Class Utopia’.
It explores allotment gardens in and around Vienna, called Schrebergärten, originally introduced for the working class people to grow their own fruit and vegetables. Due to strict rules concerning both the look of the gardens as well as the behaviour of the occupants, the artificial idyll of the garden gets foiled by feelings of paranoia, fear and sometimes loneliness that surround the people who live there.

Klaus Pichler
Allotment Garden I, Vienna 2009