Dienststelle Marienthal (Marienthal Office/Bunker Photographs). Photographs and text by Andreas Magdanz. Additional text by Christoph Schaden (text in German and English). Andreas Magdanz (self-published), Aachen, Germany, 2000. 160 pp. Oblong folio. Limited edition of 75 copies. Hand-numbered and inscribed on title page with Magdanz's studio stamp. Hardbound in graphically illustrated dust jacket. 19 color and 77 black-and-white reproductions. With original sticker (5.25 x 2.5 in./13.5 x 6.5 cm.) & folded schematic map of the site (23 x 28.5 72 x 57 cm.). Housed in original stamped card box.
"The 25 photographs by Andreas Magdanz at the Janet Borden Gallery in SoHo, from Saturday through Feb. 21, are like a glimpse of Strangelove's demented vision of a nuclear sanctuary translated into historical truth. One set of plans for a postnuclear-war world, it turns out, were almost as fantastic — and banal — as those in Stanley Kubrick's 1964 satire. The Dienstelle Marienthal (or Marienthal Office) is among the most ambitious but least-known monuments to "thinking the unthinkable" ever conceived. This vast underground tunnel complex, built from 1960 to 1972 outside Bonn, was once so secret that to acknowledge its existence could bring charges of treason in West Germany... "Mr. Magdanz, a 40-year-old German based in Aachen, began the project in 1998 after reading a newspaper item about the structure. His request to photograph it was grudgingly honored by the Interior Ministry, which granted him a three-day permit. Persistence led to a seven-month extension. He was the first person authorized to photograph there, although he had access to only the three sectors in the east half of the complex. (There were five sectors in all, linked but different.) "His photographic tour of the forbidden city — he shot more than 1,000 negatives in both black and white and color with a large-format camera, and also made a videotape — is not comforting. The government code name for the complex was typically euphemistic: Rosengarten (or Rose Garden). Monotony, regimentation and claustrophobic dread are the outstanding qualities found in the pictures."-- excerpts from Pictures at the Hotel Armageddon, Richard B. Woodward, NY Times, January 11, 2004
Fine in NearFine dust jacket; some rubbing and spots of abrasion to front of jacket;