Autos. Photographs by Bernhard Fuchs. Walther Konig, Koln, 2007. 48 pp. Oblong folio (16.5 x 12 in./42.5 x 30.5 cm.) First edition. Clothbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket. 41 color reproductions.
Roads and Paths. Photography by Bernhard Fuchs. Essay by Heinz Liesbrock. Walther König, 2010. 120 pp. 9.75 x 11 in./24.5 x 28 cm.) First edition. Clothbound with tipped on cover image. No jacket as issued. 53 color reproductions.
As new in shrink wrap.
A student of Bernd and Hilla Becher, Bernard Fuchs is an exemplary member of the "Dusseldorf School". In these two volumes he uses the 'typological' approach of his teachers in examinations of ubiquitous features of the landscape that are often taken for granted.
"Alone on dirt roads, at city curbs and in vast parking lots, the subjects of Bernard Fuchs's color portraits wait and rust. He writes of them, 'On my bicycle tours, time and again, I saw passenger cars, buses and trucks that just stood around. I think my first reaction was to look for the absent owners. Since I hardly ever saw anyone, I stayed alone with the situation, and a relationship to these vehicles began to develop as I would not have expected it. The cars in the landscape had an impact on me, similar to the impact of actors on a stage, and I began to collect their wit and their tragedy.' Fuchs gives the 40 vehicles photographed here-an Opel, a Volvo, a Skoda, Fiat, Mercedes, Ford, Mazda, VW bus-a moment in the spotlight and a good-sized stage at almost 12 x 17 inches."--the publisher
"[Fuchs followed Autos] with this catalogue of roads and.paths. These routes all lead somewhere, perhaps away from civilization, but, as Fuchs makes plain, are certainly civilizing entities themselves, the artificial medium by which nature is found." --the publisher