Kai Löffelbein: Ctrl-X.

A topography of e-waste



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Kai Löffelbein


Ctrl-X. A topography of e-waste explores the irresponsible handling of limited resources, one of the most pressing problems of our globalized world today. In this book Kai Löffelbein follows the electronic-waste trails from Europe and the United States to the post-apocalyptic scenery of Agbogbloshie in Ghana, the e-waste city of Guiyu in China and the backyard workshops of New Delhi. Here he meticulously documents the appalling conditions under which workers, sometimes even children, attempt to recover any valuable raw materials contained in our e-waste, refuse that is illegally exported from the West in order to bypass expensive recycling.

In an increasingly digitized world, a life without electronic devices seems inconceivable for us: computers, cell phones, MP3 players and tablets have become our daily companions. And as long as we continue to define ourselves by the products we consume – the latest smartphone, the fastest processor and the thinnest laptop – the millions of tons of e-waste produced annually will continue to increase.

Kai Löffelbein has a keen eye for the spectacular, but also for significant details… His pictures are superbly composed, of the highest quality, beautiful in the classical sense and very impressive, but they are also analytical and political, and never succumb to the danger of over-aestheticization. They open our eyes and inspire us. James Nachtwey

Additional information

Weight 1405 g
Dimensions 30.5 x 25.5 cm
Publisher name Steidl
Publication date 1 September 2018
Number of pages 192
Format Hardback
Dimensions 30.5 x 25.5 cm
Weight 1405 g
Kai Löffelbein was born in Germany in 1981 and studied documentary photography in Hanover. He has since worked in South America, Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe, devoting himself to long-term projects that capture the impacts on common people and the environment left by socio-political and economic phenomena. Löffelbein has exhibited internationally and his awards include the Henri Nannen Prize, the UNICEF Photo of the Year Award, The New York Photo Award, the DAYS JAPAN International Photojournalism Award, the FotoVisura Photography Grant and the Px3 Prix de la Photographie. He is one of the Critical Mass Top 50 Selected Artists and recently received a grant from the Magnum Foundation.