Homo Sovieticus. Photographs and text by Carl De Keyzer. Focus Press, Amsterdam, 1989. Unpaged Large quarto. Limited edition.* Clothbound in photo-illustrted dust jacket. Accompanied by signed gelatin silver print (shown at right). 75 duotone reproductions, including many gatefolds. Paper over board slipcase (not shown). |
NOTE: As in other copies of this title we've seen, the colophon states the limited edition consists of 100 signed and numbered copies; however, only the photograph is signed on its verso and is unnumbered.
Homo Sovieticus documents pre-Yeltsin Russia in beautifully expressive triotone plates. Sections of De Keyzer's journal occupy the beginning of the book which then gives way to rich black-and-white images made with De Keyzer's 6x7cm and 6x17cm medium format. These images are intriguing and passionate documents of a culture and society on the brink of change.
Fine in Fine dust jacket; print shows tiny fleck near center (less than 1 mm); case Near Fine+ with moderate scuffing.