Steidl, Göttingen. 2012. German edition.
Signed by Dirk Alvermann (1937-2013).
In my opinion one of the best photobook ever published.
It is the paperback version which Alvermann wanted to publish instead the hardcover version, published in 1960 (Martin Parr, The Photobook, vol 3, page 190/191).
New, unread, mint.
Still originally shrink-wrapped in publisher's plastic foil; only opened once for signature.
The book comes together with a reprint of the advertising booklet for the original publication (see picture).
Softcover. 108 x 180 mm. 224 pages. 162 tritone plates. Text in german.
Signed by the artist.
First Steidl printing; published same time in same size, layout and content in english, german and french.
"When he went to Algeria in the 1950s Dirk Alvermann was only eighteen, a rebellious West German teenager thrilled by the struggle for freedom by the Algerian people against French colonial rule. After his return to West Germany he set about planning the publication of his work in the most accessible form available. The book should go from hand to hand like a political manifesto. At first, Rowohlt agreed to publish the book but later canceled it when any partisanship with the Algerian resistance seemed inappropriate. The book was finally published by the East-Berlin publishing house Rütten & Loening in 1960 as a hardcover, contrary to Alvermann's own vision for the project."
(from the publisher)
- Number of Books
- Author/ Illustrator
- Signed; Dirk Alvermann
- Book Title
- As new
- Publication year oldest item
- 1st Edition Thus
- Original language
- Steidl, Göttingen
- Binding/ Material
- Number of pages
- 180×108 mm