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Christian Boltanski: Menschlich

Publisher: Paris and Köln (Cologne): THOUET Verlag and Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, 1994
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Soft cover
ISBN: 3883752053
Condition: Fine / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 110378



First edition, first printing. Soft cover. Unpaginated, with approximately 1,300 black and white illustrations, printed on very fine, almost translucent paper (photographs of people Boltanski has used in his installations). 10-1/2 x 8-1/4 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).] Out of print. Very Scarce.


Fine (light vertical creases to the covers, endemic to this title).


Christian Boltanski changed everything for a period of time in the 1970s and 1980s. That he continues to contribute meaningfully to the dialogue surrounding accumulation, archives, and loss is somewhat remarkable. His assembled collections, not quite typologies, demonstrate a humility and sensitivity to the suffering of, for instance, Jewish people devastated by the holocaust. He created shrines of remembrance, tacit souvenirs, where in their wake were only numbing statistics. Although Boltanski never really addresses the issue of anti-Semitism directly -- it is always oblique and general in interviews -- his work assumes a collective responsibility for some of history's greatest atrocities.