Balthasar Burkhard: Photographer.
Photographs by Balthasar Burkhard. Essays by Laurent Busine and Harald Szeeman.
Scalo, Zurich, 2004. 192 pp., 100 tritone illustrations, 9½x12½".
Enigmatic man, how did you recognize these natural and extravagant images with your gaze oscillating between a body you are discovering and another you aspire to? -Laurent Busine This is a book about the beauty of nature-its force, silence, and eternal existence-and about cities-seen from above as they keep growing, threatening to suffocate us. Swiss photographer Balthasar Burkhard presents work from the last 10 years, images from all over the world, from Japan to the United States, from South America to Africa and the European Alps. The photographs are arranged in chapters, each of which focuses on one aspect of the world: The Desert, The River, Skies, Cities, Landscapes, Voyages. Together, they add up to a poetic atlas, a vision of the beauties and horrors of the world today as understood through intense black-and-white images that can only be created with a photo camera. Balthasar Burkhard: Photographer is the first comprehensive monograph on this Swiss master of the sublime. Presenting a visual vocabulary of the world we live in, one that is meditative and haunting, that instills peace and anxiety at the same time, this volume is a masterpiece of landscape and cityscape
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