Publisher: Stockholm: Journal, in conjunction with the Hasselblad Center, Göteborg, Sweden, 1993
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: Near Fine / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 107351
First edition, first printing (1993). Hardcover. Glittery silver laminated paper-covered boards with main title stamped in metallic purple and subtitles stamped in metallic green on cover and spine (the publication was released in several color variations for the cover title), no dust jacket as issued. Photographs by Lars Tunbjörk. Essays (in Swedish and English) by Thomas Tidholm and Göran Greider. Includes comments on the photographs and a brief biography. Designed by Greger Ulf Nilson. Unpaginated (128 pp.), with 81 four-color plates beautifully printed on heavy coated paper by Hans Kjellström, Bo Ljungkvist, Tomas Persson, Ronald Pettersson / Bröderna Ljungbergs, Södertälje. 11 x 11-5/8 inches. Published on the occasion of an exhibition at the Hasselblad Center, Göteborg, Sweden. [Cited in Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, The Photobook: A History, Volume II. (London and New York: Phaidon, 2006).] Out of print. The rare first printing.
Near Fine (slight rubbing to the front cover, else Fine).
From the British Journal of Photography: "Country Beside Itself 'is a comment on the decline of the Swedish welfare state,' [according to the artist]. Published in 1993 it focuses on the leisure culture in small town Sweden, capturing the country's mood following an economic boom and rapid commercialisation."