Since 1993, Peter Steinhauer has documented many facets of Asian culture, particularly architecture, urban landscapes, and man-made structures and environments. On his first visit to Hong Kong nearly 25 years ago, it was impossible for Steinhauer not to notice the buildings encased in bamboo and swathed in material standing out against the urban skyline. Hong Kong, he learned, is the final stronghold of the bamboo scaffolders who once practiced their trade at construction sites throughout Asia.
Reproduced in Cocoons, a book recently published by PowerHouse Books, the images reflect Steinhauer’s fascination with these monumental edifices. The title Cocoons is a “natural choice for this body of work celebrating the giant, wrapped, cocoon-like structures, later to be unveiled ceremoniously, revealing for the first time the brand-new façades,” writes PowerHouse.