Limestone. Photographs by Josef Koudelka. Introduction by Jean-Pierre Berghmans. Essay by Gilles A. Tiberghien. Editions de La Martiniere, Paris, 2001. 72 pp. No. 26 in an edition of 500. Oblong quarto. Paper-covered boards, with endpapers, in a cardboard clamshell case. 36 duotone plates. Text in English, French and German.
Over a period of two years, Josef Koudelka traveled through the limestone quarries of the Groupe Lhoist in Europe and America and chronicled the sites of the industrial exploitation of stone deposits. While offering Western society an indispensable ecological commentary, the documentation also provides a fascinating dimension to the landscape. "Josef Koudelka has opened my eyes to the beauty of these landscapes. Nature is far stronger than any of us. His work is a moving account of nature's infinite capacity for asserting itself"--from Jean-Pierre Berghmans's introduction. Includes a biography and captions written by the plant managers.
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