Die Dämmerung + Am Boden. Photographs and text by Boris Mihailov. Edited by Brigitte Kölle. Oktagon, Köln, 1996. 2 vols. Unpaged. Oblong quarto. First edition. Hardbound. No jackets as issued. Numerous sepia-toned & cyan-toned reproductions. Housed in cardboard slipcase (not shown).|
NOTE: Interior illustration at right are a stock photos; item offered in Very Fine condition.
"Shot on the streets of Kiev and Kharkov (Mikhailov's home town) with a Horizont panoramic camera (manufactured in Kharkov), both books are a searing indictment of a society that has broken down and whose vacuum has been filled by the 'free' market....The sense of chaos, despair and misery is unrelenting, with image after image detailing environmental decay, shabby street people, food queues and comatose drunks lying on the streets. This is hard-hitting social documentary photography...Neither work could be described as uplifting in tone, but the pair make for an immensely powerful, unsettling, yet subtle photobook."--Parr & Badger.