By Tom Seymour
Stranger, the latest photobook from Magnum photographer Olivia Arthur, is a journey through contemporary Dubai – a city which, since 1960, has expanded from a population of 90,0000 to over 2 million, metamorphosing from a modest fishing settlement into a land of promised riches, the ultimate playground of excess.
Moving through the images in Stranger, we are presented with golden beaches, men clad in white flowing robes, sunlight illuminating towering skyscrapers, and many, many flash cars.
“In Dubai, everybody, from all backgrounds and walks of life, come to make money,” says Arthur.
In Stranger, the consumerism and extreme wealth synonymous with the ‘City …read more