Van Gelder. Alex, editor.

ISBN 10: 0714845132 / ISBN 13: 9780714845135
Published by New York & London: Phaidon Press, (2005) dj, 2005
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Hardcover first edition - First printing. Edited and with a Preface by Alex Van Gelder. Introduction by Thomas Seelig. Essay on "Life and afterlife in Benin" by Okwui Enwezor. Black and white photographs by nine Benin photographers - Benoit Adjovi, Jean Agbetagbo, Joseph Moise Agbodjelou, Bouraima Akodji, Lˇon Ayekoni, Christophe Mahoukpe, Sˇbastien Mehinto and others - most from the 1960s and 1970s. Published in conjunction with an exhibition at the Fotomuseum, Winterthur, Switzerland. Large format. 132 pp plus final photograph and biographies. . Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.). Bookseller Inventory # 61509

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Publisher: New York & London: Phaidon Press, (2005) dj

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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Photography plays a role in most of our lives - but rarely in our deaths. If you happened to live in the West African country of Benin * during the 1960s and 1970s, photography was quite literally a matter of life and death.It is a commonly held belief in many non-Western cultures that a person's soul lives on, as if trapped, within the photograph. In Benin, with its rich spiritual traditions of animism (voodoo was born here and is now Benin's official religion) - whereby fetishes or objects are regarded to embody powerful spirits - the photograph came to play a fascinating role in the rituals of death. This unique collection of portrait photography, painstakingly assembled and conserved by the West African art specialist Alex van Gelder, opens a new chapter in the history of African photography.

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Carlos Basualdo is Curator of Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Ivan Vladislavic has written and edited several nonfiction works on apartheid and art. Gabriele Guercio has written works on modern and contemporary art as well as the history of art theory. Okwui Enwezor is Dean of Academic Affairs and Senior Vice President at San Francisco Art Institute.
Alex Van Gelder lives and works in Paris. He has published many books including Life & Afterlife in Benin. He exhibited a portfolio of photographs of Louise Bourgeois's hands in 2011. A catalogue entitled Alex Van Gelder Louise Bourgeois ARMED FORCES accompanied the exhibition.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dietmar Gross

studierte Angewandte Mechanik und promovierte an der UniversitAt Rostock. Er habilitierte an der UniversitAt Stuttgart und ist seit 1976 Professor fA1/4r Mechanik an der TU Darmstadt. Seine Arbeitsgebiete sind die FestkArper- und Strukturmechanik sowie die Bruchmechanik. Hierbei ist er auch mit der Modellierung mikromechanischer Prozesse befasst. Er ist Mitherausgeber mehrerer internationaler Fachzeitschriften und Autor zahlreicher Lehr- und FachbA1/4cher.

Priv.-Doz. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Seelig

studierte Mechanik und an der TU Darmstadt, wo er auch promovierte und habilitierte. Er arbeitet als Wissenschaftler am Fraunhofer-Institut fA1/4r Werkstoffmechanik, Freiburg. Sein Arbeitsgebiet ist die FestkArpermechanik mit Schwerpunkten u.a. in der Modellierung des Deformations- und Versagensverhaltens von Polymerwerkstoffen. Er hAlt Vorlesungen A1/4ber ElastizitAts- und PlastizitAtstheorie sowie Bruch- und Mikromechanik.

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