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Rineke Dijkstra: Menschenbilder

Publisher: Essen: Museum Folkwang, 1998
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Soft cover
Condition: Near Fine / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 106266



First edition, first printing. Soft cover. Photographically illustrated stiff French-fold wrappers; no dust jacket as issued. Photographs by Rineke Dijkstra. Forward by Ute Eskildsen. Essay by Ulf Erdmann Ziegler. Includes a list of plates, biography, awards, exhibition history and bibliography. Designed by Sabine an Huef, Kerken. 98 pp., with 39 four-color plates and additional reference illustrations beautifully printed in Germany by Druckerei und Verlag Peter Pomp GmbH, Bottrop. 11 x 8-7/8 inches. Published on the occasion of an exhibition at Museum Folkwang, Essen and Galerie der Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, Leipzig.


Near Fine (moderate surface wear, crease at lower right front corner, else Fine).


Rineke Dijkstra might be the most important photographer of portraits alive today. She channels August Sander through her own poet-soul photographing youth with brutal, unyielding generosity. Her people emerge from beaches, hospital rooms, indefinable space, to haunt us with their imperfect beauty and their fierce necessity of existence. These photographs heroicize individuals in a brazen way. Dijkstra isn't content with confirming that banality is truth. She gives us the truth of fiction, the theatrics of the psychological complexity. She lets us way, way inside. The smudged blood on the collar of a bullfighter is in dialogue with the thin stream of blood running down a new mother's leg as she clutches her hours-old infant with an uncertainty that is astonishing. Features work from Dijkstra's major series to date.