31 May 2007
BERNHARD AND HILLA BECHER
Anonyme Skulpturen -- Anonymous Sculptures. A typology of technical buildings. Düsselford: Art-Press, 1970. Quarto (280 x 218mm). 194 black and white photographs. (Light soiling on front endpaper.) Original blue cloth, spine and front cover lettered in white, original photo-illustrated dust-jacket (dust-jacket with light wear at extremities).
FIRST EDITION. A very good copy of the Bechers' influential first major book with which 'the seeds of European photography's future were being sown' (The Photobook). 101 Books, pp.194-95 ('method and subject are splendidly reciprocal, a meditation on identity and difference'); The Open Book, pp.258-59; The Photobook, vol. II, p.266 ('THEIR PRIMARY ARTISTIC CREDO... IT HAS HAD AN ENORMOUS IMPACT'), and cf. vol. I, p.193.
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