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Joan Fontcuberta / Pere Formiguera: Fauna (1999 PhotoVision edition)

Publisher: Sevilla, Spain: PhotoVision, 1999
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 8486620155
Condition: Near Fine / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 106637



First edition thus (hardcover), first printing. Hardcover. Photographically illustrated paper-covered boards; no dust jacket as issued. Photographs and text (in Spanish) by Joan Fontcuberta and Pere Formiguera. Designed by Tuna Ciner and Joan Fontcuberta. 136 pp., with 99 black-and-white and 54 color illustrations. 9-1/8 x 6-7/8 inches. [Cited in Andrew Roth, ed., The Book of 101 Books: Seminal Photographic Books of the Twentieth Century. (New York: PPP Editions in association with Roth Horowitz LLC, 2001), and in Andrew Roth, ed., The Open Book. (Göteborg, Sweden: Hasselblad Center in association with Steidl Verlag, Göttingen, Germany, 2004).]


Near Fine (moderate surface wear, sunning to the spine, else Fine).


As David Levi Strauss writes in The Book of 101 Books, "The Catalan artist Joan Fontcuberta has been constructing elaborate historical fictions out of the excess credibility of photographs for some time, effectively (and often hilariously) calling the conventions of photographic believability into question in the process. Fauna is perhaps the most fully realized of these fictions ... [This collaborative project] is presented as the recovered archive of a controversial German naturalist named Dr. Peter Ameisenhaufen (the name means 'anthill' in German, just as Formiguera means 'anthill' in Catalan), who travels around the world discovering new species of fantastic creatures and recording them with the help of his photographer Hans von Kubert (Joan Fontcuberta in German). In addition to evidential photographs of the weirdly appropriate hybrid animals, the archive also includes field notes (in German), maps, audio recordings, scientific papers, and other documents."