Title: OLAF OTTO BECKER: BROKEN LINE GREENLAND 2003...
Publisher: Ostfildern, Germany: Hatje Cantz Publishers, 2007
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: None, As Issued
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 152 pages. Published in 2007. Collection of color photographs. One of the most beautiful photography books of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. An austerely elegant production by Olaf Otto Becker: Oversize-volume format. Aquamarine cloth boards with photographic reproduction pasted on the recessed cover and titles embossed on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Olaf Otto Becker. Text by Gerry Badger, the co-author of "The Photobook", and Christoph Schaden. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Germany to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Olaf Otto Becker's "Broken Line". One of the most serenely beautiful photography books of our time. All of them were taken in Greenland, between 2003 and 2006, resulting in the kind of photography book that one not only looks at, but in the process of looking, experiences. Most of us will never set foot in Greenland. Olaf Otto Becker has made the trip for us, and we are forever in his debt. "Becker worked for four years and covered thousands of miles by boat creating these photographs of the coastline of Greenland. The resulting images, made in the clear light of the midsummer night over long exposures, are worth the effort. Becker sometimes waited days for the right image or condition to appear in order to produce a single image, a process that left him with only about 25 photographs per year. All of the pictures share the contemplative character of their creator. Becker, who was once a painter, doesn't photograph scenery: He builds compositions, using his eye and his patience, to develop a work of melancholy beauty reminiscent of the powerful iconography of 19th-century Romantic landscapes. The images record the artist's awe at the beauty of creation as well as the dangers facing it" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Olaf Otto Becker collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and dated in pencil on the title page by the photographer: "11.04.2009 Olaf Otto Becker". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Becker also pasted a miniature variant-photograph of an image that appears in the book, titled it in pencil, and indicated its exact location (with an arrow, also in pencil) in the map of Greenland that is reproduced on the page. This title is a contemporary photography classic. This is one of very few such signed, dated, and "memento-ed" (each copy has a unique miniature photograph) copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 75 color plates and foldouts. Winner of The German Photography Book Award in 2008. One of the most brilliant photographers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER COPY OF THIS TITLE IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 3775719725. Bookseller Inventory # 14893
Synopsis: Olaf Otto Becker, born in 1959, worked for almost four years and covered thousands of miles by boat creating these photographs of the coastline of Greenland. The resulting images, made in the clear light of the midsummer night over long exposures, are worth the effort. Almost shadowless neo-romantic dreamscapes, they are unrealistically beautiful. Becker sometimes waits days for the right image or condition to appear in order to produce a single image--a process that leaves him with only about 25 photographs per year. Though visually diverse, all of the pictures share the contemplative character of their creator. Becker, who was once a painter, doesn't photograph scenery: He builds compositions, using his eye and his patience to develop a work of melancholic beauty, in the powerful iconography of the nineteenth-century landscape. He has exhibited widely in Europe, and his previous monograph was short-listed for the Rencontres D'Arles Book Award.
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