Urban Fever | Head On Photo Festival

Urban Fever

Jürgen Bürgin

Cities are peculiar formations. They're hectic, reckless, confusing, alienating, and lonely. But all cities preserve a slice of the seemingly naturalistic village. Their inhabitants are always looking for familiar settings to call home.

When I started to take pictures with the city as my muse, I especially captured the residents and how they arranged their lives. I always try to discover the poetry of everyday life, such as the moments that make me stop and small scenes that trigger stories in the viewer.

If I walk through big cities, my movements within the city affect my photography. I get to know people as I watch strangers. Moreover, I have no strict photographic concepts that I wish to implement. Life does not follow a concept. It is influenced by chance, encounters, ideas, and events. As a photographer, I believe my role is not to create order where there is none in life.

Likewise, there are also influences of big city films in my pictures. Sometimes, I think of the still photos in front of cinemas, intended to denote the film's story and convey its mood.

Some photos are marked by the hectic restlessness of the metropolis, while others capture the silence and thoughtfulness of city life. Almost all of them express a singular mood: the big city fever.

Urban Fever was created between 2009 and 2016 in cities like New York, Tokyo, Saigon, Paris, London and Berlin. In autumn 2016 a photo book about the series was published and is available for purchase.



Opening Hours: 
Monday - Saturday: 7:30 am-3:30 pm
Sunday: 8:00 am-3:00 pm
Dates of Exhibition: 
05 May - 28 May