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WAFFENRUHE . Michael Schmidt

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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 generation's 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 Schleef's 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 artist's book - often included on lists of the most influential photographic books of all time - is once again being made available.

WAFFENRUHE . Michael Schmidt

MICHAEL SCHMIDT: PEACE OF ARMS. Edited by the Foundation for Photography and Media Art with Michael Schmidt Archive. Contributions by Janos Frecot, Einar Schleef, Karin Schmidt & Thomas Weski. Recap. Cologne 2018. 26.5 x 30 cm. 82 p. with 39 full-page and double-page b/w illustrations, one of them folded, paperback - With a text supplement for the new edition .

Michael Schmidt: Waffenruhe -new english and german edition 2018

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