Andrew Phelps’s book Haboob has been praised again in an an extensive review published by photography blog Hippolyte Bayard. As they note, the book is aptly titled, “Haboob is the name of a violent and sandy summer wind, a frequent occurrence in the East Valley, the region of the Phoenix metropolitan area...and what the book shows looks like the aftermath of a storm, the consequences of the wind of these years' financial crisis and the crushing of the dreams of the never-ending urban expansion.”
Haboob was an intensely personal project for Andrew, returning to the area he grew up in to document a landscape of abandoned suburban ruins, the product of near-continuous development in the decades before the U.S. housing market collapse. Hippolyte Bayard writes:
What really makes Haboob remarkable is that with this book [Andrew] chose to face the risk of not finding those pieces of himself anymore, because that landscape, those fields are now so different from how they used to be. Perhaps what rescued him this time was that the light was still the same, beautiful light he remembers from back then.
To work with Andrew or any of our artists, please contact us:
+49 (0)30 820 761 41
+49 (0)151 223 403 02