Chargesheimer: Im Rhur Gebiet
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Chargesheimer: Im Rhur Gebiet [In the Ruhr District]. Text by Heinrich Böll. Büchergilde Gutenberg, Frankfurt am Main, 1958. 28 pp text. + plates. Quarto. Clothbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket. 121 gravure reproductions. Gatefold rear flyleaf containing captions.

One of two books that Chargesheimer did with writer Heinrich Böll. "It is so rare a treat to discover a photographer that has been lost to us. The homogenization and insularity of the fine arts photography world (in the United States, at least) has set up a dichotomy of the Great Old Masters (Adams, Stieglitz, the Westons, Walker Evans, Cartier-Bresson, etc.) versus the so-called "cutting edge" of such ephemeral and forgettable charlatans... Chargesheimer: Im Ruhrgebiet (a review)

Upon its publication, Im Rhur Gebiet was haled for its gritty realism. Within the Ruhr, opinion about Chargesheimer's work was sharply divided: " 'We do not accept such depictions,' wrote the newspaper Ruhr-Nachrichten above an 'open letter' addressed to the publishers Kiepenheuer & Witsch by Wilhelm Nieswandt, the chief mayor of Essen. He criticized Böll’s chain of associations 'Krupp, Essen, canons, miners, power' and declared that the Ruhr Area is “sick and tired of being depicted in such a manner by outsiders; it does not even correspond with the reality of the late nineteenth century, let alone with the present.' The director of the Bochum tourist office summed up the general outrage: 'The Ruhr Area was seen from the dirty atmosphere.'
Chargesheimer’s gray and black compositions do indeed show a dirty Ruhr Area above which the sky was not yet blue, as demanded by Willy Brandt in 1961. The photographer’s perception was directed more at witnesses of the past than on present-day appearances."--from Kultur Kenner, a Ruhr Area Culture web siteREAD MORE

Fine- in Near Fine- slight tilt to spine; wear to edges with a few small tears.
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