@ Schmidt, Michael


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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 deploys the techniques of pure documentation, but brings together surprising combinations of images to express a generationʼs dystopian sense of life shortly before the fall of the Wall. Schmidt evokes a world of ruptures and absences that eschews a confident, comprehensive point of view.

The images work with Schleefʼs text to create a brusque, entirely individual perspective on the fragility of human existence.

The first edition, published in 1987 by the Berlin-based Dirk Nishen Verlag quickly sold out and continues to fetch high prices on the antiquarian book market. Thirty years later, Waffenruhe is now being reprinted. This artistʼs book – often included on lists of the most influential photographic books of all time – is once again being made available."

This book is offered in two distinct editions: English or German. Before adding it to your cart, please use the "Edition choice" drop-down menu available below the price to make your selection.

Texts (in one language only, depending on the edition) by Janos Frecot, Einar Schleef, Karin Schmidt et Thomas Weski.

82 pages - Softcover

Walther Koenig, 2018

Format : 26.5 x 30 cm

New - Mint condition

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Schmidt, Michael

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.
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