Sylvia-Marita Plath - Prag um 1968

  • Leipzig 1998,
  • Hardcover, white boards black cloth spine in black clamshell portfolio box
  • Number 1 of 5 copies
  • 55,5 x 45,5 x 4,5cm.
  • Texts by Alexander Dubcek, Ludv ík Vaculik and Václav Havel.
  • Photographs by Sylvia-Marita Plath.

Each section signed by contributor  60 Original photographs mounted individually on black card with introduction handwritten in silver pen by photographer.

"Impressive photo documentation of the events on 21 August 1968 in Prague and the Prague Spring. Nr. 1 of only 5 numbered copies, signed and dated by the photographer in the colophon. Three copies are today in american libraries / museums. The text is signed by the authors, including Vaclav Havel, later president of the Czech Republic.
The extremely rare album documents the invasion of the Russian army in Prague 1968. The pictures were made by a then 18 year old student of the GDR  It was not until 1997, when a working group for the future Museum of Contemporary History in Leipzig started to collect material on the Prague Spring that the photographer recalled her photographs. The photographer was of course not allowed to have these photographs and had no chance to publish them in the GDR. She published later photographs in 'pop books' in the GDR, like a book on the Beatles: her photographs show 'fans' of the GDR. Plath is also not known in ' DDR Frauen fotografieren', making this work extremely scarce, little known, but highly important.
The Prague Spring was a period of political liberalisation in Czechoslovakia during the era of its domination by the Soviet Union after World War II. It began on 5 January 1968, when reformist Alexander Dubcek was elected First Secretary of the Communist Party (KSČ), and continued until 21 August when the Soviet Union and other members of the Warsaw Pact invaded the country to halt the reforms. The reforms, especially the decentralisation of administrative authority, were not received well by the Soviets, who, after failed negotiations, sent half a million Warsaw Pact troops and tanks to occupy the country. A large wave of emigration swept the nation. A spirited non-violent resistance was mounted throughout the country, involving attempted fraternizations, painting over and turning street signs (on one occasion an entire invasion force from Poland was routed back out of the country after a day's wandering), defiance of various curfews, etc. While the Soviet military had predicted that it would take four days to subdue the country the resistance held out for eight months, and was only circumvented by diplomatic stratagems."
-Michael Kuhn

Condition: Box, Near Fine, shows some sunning. Book is Fine with no bumps or marks, however some prints show signs of ageing

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