Carbon. Photographs by Lothar Baumgarten. Typography and composition by Baumgarten and Walter Nikkels. Pentti Kouri/Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 1991. 143 pp. Oblong folio (/31 x 39 cm . Limited edition of 1750 copies. Clothbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket (printed on verso). Halftone reproductions by Robert Hennessy printed by Meridian Printing. Text pamphlet with 11 short stories (10 by Baumgarten, 1 by Michael Oppitz), printed in letterpress by Stinehour Press laid in.
From a review by John Russell, NY Times, December 13, 1992
"Carbon" by Lothar Baumgarten is not like any other book that has come this critic's way....The subject matter of "Carbon" is the American railroad system -- its tracks, bridges, signals, locomotives, rolling stock, stations, marshaling yards, logos, names and crossings on remote country roads. This system, overwhelmingly grand even in disuse, gave a new dimension and new potential to American life and stood as a monument to energies, both human and nonhuman, that made the impossible possible...READ MORE
Writing in Roth, et. al., The Book of 101 Books, Vince Aletti describes Carbon as a "fiecely intelligent book....[that]moves easily between intellectual rigor and romance..."
A stunning book that will delight anyone interested the New Topographic movement, the American West, and, of course, railroads!!
German installation artist Lothar Baumgarten’s work often has an anthropological bent. With [Carbon], in both the original installation format and then as an artist’s book, Baumgarten uses the graphic logos of various rail companies and photographic images of rail lines to explore the remnants of the impact railroads had as European-based cultures collided with Native American civilization during the period of Western expansion. The decline of the railroad to its present almost defunct state flavors the presentation.
Typical sun fading to spine area; Fine/Fine-.