Title: KARIN APOLLONIA MULLER: ANGELS IN FALL - ...
Publisher: Hamburg, Germany: Kruse Verlag, 2001
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: None, As Issued
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 112 pages. Published in 2001. The photographer's breakthrough debut collection. One of the greatest photography books of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with the Reissued Edition. The latter has a different ISBN. The First Edition is now rare. A brilliant production by Karin Apollonia Muller: Oversize-volume format in wide oblong shape. Glossy pictorial hard boards with green titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Karin Apollonia Muller. Text by Rodney Sappington. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Hamburg, Germany to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Karin Apollonia Muller's "Angels In Fall". One of the most powerful photographic debuts of our time. A sequence of images of Los Angeles by an artist who is an outsider and therefore acutely sees what insiders (which every Angeleno is, one way or another) are too close for comfort to see. "A world where the synthetic and the global have overtaken the natural and the local, where the landscape has become a mercurial web of living dreams. Her images are both immediately real and eerily distant depictions of the vertiginous changes unraveling our everyday lives. She captures an era in which economic change is written on the streets, on human bodies, and on every form of the environment. A moving visual document of the world's most bewildering and most beguiling city" (Rodney Sappington). Born in 1963 in Heidelberg, Karin Apollonia Muller studied at the Folkwang School Essen. She has worked, taught, and travelled in her native Germany, Italy, and China. She works in color, deploying a pure, understated, and nuanced palette that is the antithesis of Andreas Gursky's saturated (and equally compelling) colors. It works beautifully for Los Angeles, whose blur and haze, the "smog" we identify with the city, are captured beautifully without rendering the work topical. Environmentalists claim her as one of them, but whatever her personal opinion may be about the environment, Muller is an artist, not an activist. Her work is in the Permanent Collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the George Eastman House, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum, among others. European (and of course, American) artists are endlessly fascinated by Los Angeles in a way that they are not by much-more-picturesque San Francisco. The great Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni once commented that San Francisco was "charming", that is to say, not his kind of city, but found Los Angeles "mesmerizing", making it the setting of his apocalyptic "Zabriskie Point", one of the greatest films of the 20th century. Karin Apollonia Muller is his kindred spirit, and her book is nothing less than a masterpiece. An absolute "must-have" title for Karin Apollonia Muller collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Karin Apollonia Muller. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 44 color plates. Karin Apollonia Muller's "Angels In Fall" was selected as one of the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". One of the most brilliant photographers of our time. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER KARIN APOLLONIA MULLER TITLE IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 3934923097. Bookseller Inventory # 12423
Synopsis: Karin Müller's photography brilliantly interprets the landscape of Los Angeles from a new point of view--here landscape is displayed as a slice of the earth's surface, never purely representative of geography, region, or city. Landscapes are never stable--they evoke human absence as well as human presence, and shift with the spatio-temporal coordinates of human desire. Müller's L.A. is a world where the synthetic and global have overtaken the natural and the local, where the landscape has become a mercurial web of living dreams. Her images are both immediately real and eerily distant depictions of the vertiginous changes unraveling our everyday lives--she captures an era in which economic change is written on the streets, the bodies, and the transformation of just about every form of the built (and natural) environment. Conceived and realized in collaboration with the anthropologist and writer Rodney Sappington, "Angels in Fall" is a moving visual and textual document of this most bewildering of contemporary cities.
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