Jitka Hanzlová: Bewohner. Frankfurter Kunstverein and Richter Verlag, 1996 [not to be confused with more common second printing]. Unpaged. Small thin quarto. First edition, limited to 700 copies. Hardbound with blue boards. No jacket as issued. Color reproductions.
Recipient of the 2007 Paris Photo Prize for contemporary photography, Czech artist Jitka Hanzlová (born in 1958) explores the relation between the individual, their surroundings, and the landscape they inhabit. Bewohner--which is German for inhabitants--begins with images taken in Berlin and Essen, the city where Hanzlová has lived and worked since 1982; the series also contains photographs made in other European cities including Paris and Antwerp. It suggests a world of loneliness and anomie in the metropolis. In Bewohner, people and animals alike seem somehow not to be at ease with their environment. Of the approach she takes to childhood sites, Hanzlova says, "The path that I take is a path back to look into the future." Her photography, which is never subjected to editing after being taken, is striking in both its objectivity and its sensitivity. Compositions are refined, and yet retain a seeming randomness and spontaneity.
Fine-; boards lightly faded.