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War Sand.
Photographs by Donald Weber. Text by Larry Frolick, Kevin Robbie and Donald Weber. Design by Teun van der Heijden, Heijdens Karwei. Separations by Sebastiaan Hanekroot, Colour & Books.
Polygon, 2017. In English, French and German. 372 pp., 195 color and black-and-white illustrations, 7½x11½".
 
Selected as one of the Best Books of 2017 by:
Signed copies available!

Publisher's Description

June 6, 1944: D-Day The epic of war, told by a grain of sand...

“Through the use of microscopic photography and with a kind of forensic inquisitiveness and existential wondering, Weber brings us close to these fragments, offering us, too, the longer view: the eerie hush of the beachhead and the expressionless features of the sea and sky, edged in grasses. The series invites a contemplation of the endless quiet that lies beyond the flare of bold historical events, offering a cautionary tale of the hubris of humankind.” — Sarah Milroy, art critic

The seacoast of Normandy churns with history.

In this visionary rite of images, texts, and scientific data, photographer Donald Weber and colleagues explore the sand beaches where the D-Day invasion was once fought, inch by inch, hand to hand. Their task was to gather forensic evidence, and determine the fate of this legendary battle over time.

The war-relics presented here create an immersive experience on the theme of collective memory. They include WWII spy-craft and old Hollywood movies, dioramas and drone-mounted cameras, private post-war memoirs and wistful seaside photographs. These artifacts reveal war’s quantum traces. And they expose our civilization's longing for a final victory over death.

War Sand seeks a great truth: What is history? And what does it mean to us, its creators and survivors?

About the Limited Editions:

Limited Edition A: Get Tough! Book Edition
Printed in an edition of 44 copies. Includes a signed copy of the War Sand book and a signed and numbered 17¾” x 39½' silkscreen print enclosed in a custom portfolio. The silkscreen features a series of line drawings from the WWII commando manual Get Tough!

 

Limited Edition B: War Sand Portfolio Edition
Printed in an edition of 100 copies. Includes a signed copy of the book and a signed, numbered, 9½” x 7” print of Omaha Beach, Charlie. October 20, 2014, 10:42am. 15ºC, 87% RELH, Wind W, 8 Knots. VIS: Good, Overcast Clouds. Contained in a handmade, custom portfolio.

 

Limited Edition C: War Sand Collector's Edition
Printed in an edition of 25 Signed and numbered copies. Enclosed in a handmade, custom box. Contains a signed copy of War Sand; a signed and numbered 13¾' x 10¼' print of Juno Beach, Nan Green. October 29, 2014, 9:22am. 13ºC, 93% RELH, Wind S, 3 Knots. VIS: Fair, Clear, 2014 and a glass vial with a sand sample featured in the selected image. The box is silkscreened using an image of a shrapnel microsphereule.


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