Zwei Gramm Licht (Two Grams of Light). Photographs by Bernhard Wicki. Edited with an afterword by Georg Ramseger . Foreword by Frederich Durrenmatt. Interbooks, Zurich, 1960. 104 pp. Quarto (10 3/4 x 8 in./27.5 x 20 cm ) First edition. Hardbound with printed label in photo-illustrated dust jacket. Photo-illustrated endpapers. Gravure reproductions. Text in German.
It's not a huge leap of imagination to say that Wicki's images show us the 'Zone'--the wasted, post-apocalyptic landscape traversed by one Tyrone Slothrop, the anti-hero Thomas Pynchon's monumental Gravity's Rainbow.
"In his afterword to this book, Georg Ramseger asks what constitutes a photographic document. It is a good question, since Zwei Gramm Licht (Two Grams of Light) seems to have little to do with documentary. This is an expressive, personal meditation on life, and the pictures, by the Swiss film-maker Bernhard Wicki, are moody, dark and grainy...an urban mood piece that chronicles the photographer's wanderings across the postwar European landscape...[the] mood is emphasized by the ravishingly dark gravure printing, craggy urban portraits, a wrecked car, grizzled tramps...Wicki allows us a glimmer of hope: the book ends, like Jean-Philippe Charbonnier's Chemins de la vie, with two people walking down a country road--perhaps towards freedom"--Parr & Badger
Also included in 802 Photo Books. A selection from the M+M. Auer collection.
Near Fine; clean and bright; hinge is stressed between pages 64-65 & 80-81; touch of abrasion to gutter; binding remains tight. Light edge wear & rubbing to jacket with a couple of tiny nicks to upper edge.