Rene Burri - Les Allemands

  • Robert Delpire, 1963
  • Hardcover
  • Condition: Near Fine. Minor shelf wear.

From the same series put out by legendary publisher Robert Delpire that gave us Robert Frank's Les Americains. Though Burri's first book was a commercial failure in its time, it has since become a classic of post-war European documentary photography. Intended as a counterpart to Les Americains and similar in design, Les Allemands is considered the definitive portrait of a complex, changing nation struggling shake off the legacy of World War II and redefine itself. "The photos published in "Les Allemands" ("The Germans") have been taken during trips in Germany from 1957 to 1962. They are considered today as classics of photojournalism, but they are more than that. They are not only masterpieces of their kind, but also part of history and historiography. However, they do not describe the big issues of history but everyday life. They reflect the details of life, that may sometimes seem contradictory in their outer appearance. Reneacute; Burri's view, impartial but open-minded, full of interest in his neighbour-country permits him a certain intimacy with what he sees, without getting involved too much. His intimacy does not result in a loss of distance, which actually gives his images this singular quality. Today his images can be considered to be among the best witnesses of the era of reconstruction in Germany before the wall was built. Here is one last attempt to show all of Germany as a unity. " (Magnum)

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