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(Michael Schmidt) (Waffenruhe) (English edition)


Köln: Koenig Books, 2nd edition, English
Condition: New, Sealed copy, 2018

Shipped from Germany. No,return.

Waffenruhe, a now classic photobook by Michael Schmidt (1945-2014), was first published in 1987 by the Berlin-based Dirk Nishen Verlag. It quickly sold out and continues to fetch high prices on the antiquarian book market; it is reprinted here for the first time. The book is Schmidt's portrait of a still-divided Berlin: it brings together surprising combinations of high-contrast, black-and-white 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 any comprehensive perspective.