Publisher: Köln (Cologne): DuMont Literatur und Kunst Verlag, 2006
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: New / New
Item #: 110394
First edition, first printing. Limited edition of 300 copies, stamped, numbered, and signed in black ink on the title page by Magdanz, with an original Type-C print (image and paper size 10-3/4 x 13-1/2 inches), signed and numbered verso by Magdanz. The print ("MINOX C," reproduced on page 75), is not among the original 5 variants for the edition, and may have been done later.
Hardcover. White paper-covered boards, with German eagle design blind-stamped on front cover, and debossed title in black on the spine. White laminated dust jacket embossed with German eagle design on front and title on spine. Photographs and text (in German and English) by Andreas Magdanz. Additional text by Christoph Schaden. English text is printed on dust jacket overleaf. 192 pp., with 13 four-color and 93 black-and-white plates, printed on heavy stock paper. 11-3/8 x 13-3/4 inches.
New in New dust jacket.
From the artist: "The relocation of the German intelligence service BND from Pullach near Munich to Berlin marks a turning point in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany. The move, which is scheduled to be completed by 2011, will allow the first exclusive photographic documentation ever of the area in Pullach, which until now was strictly off-limits. In August of 2005, after a period of preparation that lasted more than 1 1/2 years and following extensive vetting procedures, the photographic work on the project BND - Standort Pullach began. The access to the site has been granted without limitations and no attempt to exert any influence upon the artistic work was made, apart from constant supervision by the department."
As Christoph Schaden notes in his essay, Magdanz's restrained imagery belies the historical force of his subject: "The strict ban on taking pictures of the employees, who always introduced themselves to [Magdanz] in a friendly manner, but invariably gave false names, serves as his intellectual starting point. Atmospherically, that desertedness grows to become and all-pervading moment of absence that lays itself, leadenly and ubiquitously, over the sequence of images. Its mute plea is unambiguous and, in changing from color to black and white, suggests a latent menace... Any detailed information, it seems, is pointless..."