Fauna. Photographs and text (in Spanish) by Joan Fontcuberta and Pere Formiguera. Designed by Tuna Ciner and Joan Fontcuberta. PhotoVision, Sevilla, Spain, 1999. 136 pp. Small quarto [9 x 7 in./23 x 18 cm]. First edition thus), first printing. Hardbound. Photo-illustrated boards. No jacket as issued. 99 black-and-white and 54 color illustrations.
"The Catalan artist Joan Fontcuberta has been constructing elaborate historical fictions out of the excess credibility of photographs for some time, effectively (and often hilariously) calling the conventions of photographic believability into question in the process. Fauna is perhaps the most fully realized of these fictions . [This collaborative project] is presented as the recovered archive of a controversial German naturalist named Dr. Peter Ameisenhaufen (the name means 'anthill' in German, just as Formiguera means 'anthill' in Catalan), who travels around the world discovering new species of fantastic creatures and recording them with the help of his photographer Hans von Kubert (Joan Fontcuberta in German). In addition to evidential photographs of the weirdly appropriate hybrid animals, the archive also includes field notes (in German), maps, audio recordings, scientific papers, and other documents."--David Levi-Strauss writing in Roth, ed., : Seminal Photographic Books of the Twentieth Century.
Fine-; light rubbing; 'tips' just slightly imperfect.