Keld Helmer-Petersen – Photographs 1941-1995, signed
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- New, first edition, text by Gerry Badger and Finn Thrane. Interview by Martin Parr, signed copy
- Original cloth in dust-wrapper, 288 pp.
- Published by Christian Ejlers Publishers, Copenhagen, 2007
From the Rocket Gallery: 'As a young man Keld Helmer-Petersen made a simple statement that was to define his long and illustrious career as a photographer: "I don't want my pictures to look like something". They should just look like pictures.' Around the same time, in 1948, Helmer-Petersen (b.1920) published his legendary, ground-breaking book 122 Colour Photographs, which very possibly launched colour photography as a serious creative medium.
Almost 60 years later, his life's work is celebrated in a remarkable book Keld Helmer-Petersen: Photographs 1941-1995. Featuring much of his best work and some fascinating insights from a number of his admirers as well as the great man himself ... It contains the colour photographs from 1948 as well as the series Danish Beauty and many others, including Winter Graphics, a series of shapshots from a snowy winter morning at Lyngby Library. Not a man of big words, Keld Helmer-Petersen confessed in an interview, which is included in the book, that he is 'a little bit embarrassed' by the renewed interest in his work: 'At the same time, I can't help being pleased. At my age it's encouraging to be rediscovered.'