Title: PICTURES FROM THE SURFACE OF THE EARTH: ...
Publisher: Munich, Germany: Schirmer/Mosel, 2003
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 128 pages. Published in 2003. Revised And Expanded Edition of the artist/photographer's collection of panoramic photographs. One of the most stunningly beautiful art photography books of our time. The first appearance of the title in this edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. A stupendous production by Wim Wenders and Klaus E. Goltz Halle: Oversize-volume format in wide oblong shape. Blue hard boards with white titles on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs and text by Wim Wenders. Essays by Peter Klaus-Schuster and Nicole Hartje. List of Plates with miniature reproductions appended at the end. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper by EBS in Verona, Italy to the highest standards. In wraparound DJ, which utilizes one of the panoramic vistas, and titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Originally published on the occasion of the exhibition of the same name held at The Hamburger Bahnhof Berlin in 2001. Presents Wim Wenders' "Pictures From The Surface of The Earth". Includes five new panoramas that appear for the first time and more important, represent Wenders' original vision. There are also ten, new multi-panel foldouts that are reproduced. "For many years, Wim Wenders has taken an old panoramic camera along with him on his travels, using it whenever the sheer wealth of what he saw and the impressions it left on him burst the confines of the normal scale of things. What we see are landscapes and city vistas, photographs of architecture and nature, taken in the United States, Japan, Australia, Israel, Cuba, and Germany. They shed light on the world as encountered by the photographer and a portrait of the photographer as reflected in his vision of the world" (Publisher's blurb). Wim Wenders is justifiably known primarily as a filmmaker because he has made some of the greatest films of the so-called "New German Cinema", which arose from the devastation of his divided country's postwar ambivalences, guilts, and tensions. The most celebrated is "Wings of Desire", but he has made at least five other masterpieces, including the documentary, "The Buena Vista Social Club", which single-handedly revived interest in the incomparable music of Cuba. Wenders is also known for his lifelong love affair with America, where he has worked on some of the most beautiful films we shall ever see. If "Once" captures the human scale of a personal life, "Pictures From The Surface of the Earth" captures the inexhaustible beauty of the wider world, thereby beautifully complementing each other. An absolute "must-have" title for Wim Wenders collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Wim Wenders. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. He also added a wing drawing around the titles, a very moving allusion to his film, "Wings of Desire". The signature was obtained during Wenders' appearance at the New York City premiere of "Don't Come Knocking", his first collaboration with Sam Shepard and Jessica Lange. This title is a great art photography book. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy (with drawing) of the Revised Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 55 color plates, 32 foldouts. One of the greatest German visual artist/filmmakers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER WIM WENDERS TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 3829600518. Bookseller Inventory # 9438
Synopsis: Globetrotting filmmaker Wim Wenders always takes his old panorama camera with him, using it whenever the sheer wealth of what he sees and the impression it leaves on him breaks the normal scale of things. Infinite landscapes, endless horizons, deserts, and mountain ranges overwhelm by their emptiness and silence, street fronts in Havana, Houston, Berlin, or Jerusalem offer deep insights into the shallows of civilization. Wenders’ photographs are pictures of a world almost devoid of humans, a natural or man-made world viewed from a distance. They shed light on the many guises the surface of the earth dons and attest to Wenders’ contemplative and amazed gaze. This gaze, of course, didn’t stop at September 11 and delivered haunting photos of Ground Zero taken shortly after the attack. With poetic comments by the artist on all the pictures, the book is both a portrait of the world as encountered by the photographer and a portrait of the photographer as reflected in his vision of the world.
From the Publisher:
* 30 color photographs and 21 gatefolds
* In 2002, a selection was exhibited at Hamburger train station in Berlin
* related backlist: Buena Vista Social Club (3-8238-5444-5), The Heart Is a Sleeping Beauty (3-8238-5468-2) and Written In the West (3-8238-5469-0)
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