Publisher: Göttingen, Germany: Steidl Verlag, 2003
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: Fine / Near Fine
Item #: 109029
First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Black cloth-covered boards with title debossed on spine; with photographically illustrated dust jacket. Photographs by Arnold Odermatt. Text in German, French and English. Essay and editing by Urs Odermatt. Includes an exhibition history. Unpaginated (400 pp.), with 410 duotone plates beautifully printed full-bleed by Steidl. 12-7/8 x 10 inches.
Fine in Near Fine dust jacket (trace of wear to the edges at the rear side of the dust jacket).
From the publisher: "With thoroughness and meticulous attention to detail, Swiss police officer Arnold Odermatt photographed automobile accidents on the streets of the Swiss Canton Nidwalden, documenting accident scenes and property damage during his 40-year career. In his photos the drivers have gone and the victims have been removed. All that's left are the wrecked cars that tell the stories of excessive speed, drunk driving, right-of-way errors and plain foolishness. The deformed steel takes on a malleable quality. The cars become sculptures that show the sudden end to many hopes and dreams, the intrusion of the unforeseen into well-regulated daily life. What results from the picture-taking policeman's official work is a selection of melancholic, sometimes funny and always strange atmospheric photos of our mobile society."