Waffenruhe. Photographs by Michael Schmidt. Text by Einar Schleef. Dirk Nischen Verlag, Berlin, 1987. Unpaged. First edition. Quarto. Stiff wrappers. Photo-illustrated dust jacket. Numerous black-and-white reproductions.
A book that 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 occasionally betray any sense of place.
"'a cri de coeur that could have emanated only from a Berliner'...working with familiar themes--decaying nature and ruinous man--Schmidt has created a fetid poetry and introspective gloom, elegiac and bitter by turns."--Parr & Badger.
Fine/Near Fine jacket; short tear (with some adjacent creasing); 1/4 in./1 cm at lower edge; 1 1/4 in./3 cm sq. tear with some peeling--an apparent manufacturing defect--near joint.