Zurich / Berlin / New York: Scalo, 1996. Schmidt, Michael. First edition. 4to., 314 pp., profusely illustrated from b&w photographs. Bound in grey cloth, titled in yellow ink. Issued without a dust jacket. Fine. Item #30522
Utilizing historical news photographs and other images, augmented with the photographer's contemporary portraits and urban landscapes, Schmidt traces Germany's involvement in World War II, though the partitioning under the Soviets, to unification; all without text. A moving artist's book.
This body of work, approximately 150 images, originated in the context of Siemens Kulturprogram, Munich. The limited text, a statement by the photographer, which appears on the recto of the title page is in German. The American edition carries the title U-ni-ty.
Michael Schmidt was the first German photographer to be awarded a one-man exhibition at MoMA; this book was issued as the catalogue for the traveling exhibition held at: The Museum of Modern Art, New York, January - March 1996; Sprengel Museum, Hanover, May- August 1996; and the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, 1997.