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Ellen Auerbach : Berlin Tel Aviv London New York.

Ellen Auerbach. (With Contributions By Ute Eskildsen, Jean-Christoph Ammann, Renate Schubert and Susanne Baumann).

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ISBN 10: 3791319728 / ISBN 13: 9783791319728
Published by Prestel, Munich/NY, 1998
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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hardcover in dust jacket., a tiny dent to the top edge of both boards., no other flaws. a very clean, intact, sturdy copy.; text in english and german.; 104pp., 95 duotone illustrations the majority of which are full page and none straddle the gutter, ie, they do not find themselves cleaved by the book's binding. contains interview with ellen auerbach and a biography, reference material. Size: Large 12" 4to. Bookseller Inventory # 2311

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Title: Ellen Auerbach : Berlin Tel Aviv London New ...

Publisher: Prestel, Munich/NY

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First Edition.

Book Type: Exhibition Catalogue

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This edition provides the first-ever overview of Ellen Auerbach's photographic oeuvre from 1929 to 1965, examining the artist's avant-grade influences and sensibility for people.

Review:

Ellen Auerbach is a remarkable New York artist, honored in 1998 (at the age of 92) with an important exhibit of her photographs at Berlin's prestigious Academie der Kunst. Ellen Auerbach: Berlin, Tel Aviv, London, New York, the exhibition catalog, traces her trajectory through the century with photos she took between 1929 and 1965.

Some of her early images (created with studio partner Grete Stern) have a surrealist tinge. In 1933, Auberbach, a German Jew, fled to Palestine, where her photos captured the monumentality of landscape and the heroic power of childhood. One image, "Beach Near Tel Aviv 1934," shows a small boy standing proudly looking at a line of camels in the distance, reduced by the perspective to a string of toy-sized animals.

In 1937, Auerbach moved to America, though her view of her new homeland was apparently never rosy-eyed--a 1939 image depicts a framed photo of the Statue of Liberty in a junk shop, with a partly obliterated sign that reads "WE BUY" above it. However, her photos of American children showed increasing power and drama: a 1940 image, "Great Spruce Head Island, Maine," captures four kids looking out to sea, their body postures as harmonic and powerful as the famous combat photo "The Raising of the Flag at Iwo Jima." Another picture, "Robbie 1964," depicts a small boy looking out to sea with the solitary strength of a figure painted by Winslow Homer. Auerbach made photos of unassertive grandeur and emotional power, and her recognition in America is long overdue. Congratulations to Prestel for publishing this excellent book. --Benjamin Ivry

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