Waffenruhe. Photographs by Michael Schmidt. Text by Einar Schleef. Dirk Nischen Verlag, Berlin, 1987. Unpaged. First edition. Quarto. Photo-illustrated wrappers. Numerous black-and-white reproductions.
This very uncommon book documents West Berlin in the years just before the fall of the Wall. Schmidt's landscapes are intimate yet detached, concentrating on the border areas between nature and architecture, abandoned sites which only occassionally betray any sense of place. Waffenruhe is one of the 176 books included in the exhibition The Open Book, an exhibition of some of the most significant photo books from 1870 to the present now open at the Hasselblad Center in Sweden.
Very Fine; only the slightest signs of shelf wear.