Michael Schmidt was a German photographer (1945-2014) who's work revolved mainly around the city of Berlin and German identity. He was part of the Düsseldorf School of Photography. He was also a photography teacher in Berlin.
His book "Waffenruhe", initially published by Nishen Verlag in 1987 is considered one of the most important books about Germany, and of German photography; it is included in the Martin Parr & Gerry Badger "The Photobook: A History - Vol. 1".
In 2014, he is awarded the Prix Pictet.
For the 75th anniversary of his birth in 2020, an important retrospective exhibition of his work is organized and travels to Jeu de Paume in Paris, to Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart in Berlin, to Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid an to the Albertina in Vienna. On this occasion the large retrospective photobook "Michael Schmidt Photographs 1965-2014" is published by Koenig Books.
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Michael Schmidt Photographs 1965-2014
.PLEASE NOTE: The double-spreads of the book visible here are of the French edition, but we are offering here only the ENGLISH / GERMAN VERSION of this photobook (sold out by the publisher). Presentation by Koenig Books: " This catalogue of the retrospective exhibition of the Berlin based photographer Michael Schmidt presents the development of the...
.Sold out.Presentation by Walther Koenig: "In contrast to the consciously sober – but far from clinical images of his earlier series, Schmidt uses atmosphere-laden details with high-contrast black-and-white images of cityscapes, details in nature, and portraits in Waffenruhe to create a subjective, leaden picture of a still-divided city. He no longer...
.Back in stock. Presentation by Mack: "In a series of black and white images of the German landscape made between 1987 and 1997, Michael Schmidt has forged a new pictorial language to deconstruct the world he observes. Concerned with light and form, Schmidt’s images contain a wealth of silver tones, a spectrum of rich greys which evolve from light to dark...