Erich Lessing, Reportage Photography, 1948-1973.
Photographs by Erich Lessing. Text by Alistair Crawford.
Quantuck Lane Press, New York, 2005. 456 pp., 400 duotone illustrations, 9¼x12".
Erich Lessing is a legend in photography. Born in 1923 in Vienna, he became a photo-reporter for Associated Press in 1947, and in 1951 he became one of the earliest members of the legendary Magnum photo cooperative. His remarkable 1950s images documenting post–World War Europe, and particularly his pictures of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, garnered worldwide admiration. Lessing’s works always revolve around the human condition at the moment when power and powerlessness come face to face, when the joy of living is suddnely overclouded with pain. His photographs seize the opportunity to recount an instant of history that will never be repeated. This monumental book is a tribute to Lessing’s talent as a photojournalist and a visual record of a time of turmoil and great change. Lessing has received international honors, including the American Art Directors’ Award, the Grand Austrian State Prize for Artistic Photography, and many others.
ERICH LESSING has recently specialized in photography of major works of fine art. He lives in Vienna, Austria, with his wife, Traudl.
ALISTAIR CRAWFORD is an artist, photographer, writer, and curator as well as Research Professor of Art at the University of Wales in Aberystwyth.
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