Thursday, February 16, 2012

Swiss Photobooks from 1927 to the Present.

Swiss Photobooks from 1927 to the Present. A different History of Photography. Edited by Peter Pfrunder, Fotostiftung Schweiz in cooperation with Martin Gasser and Sabine Münzenmaier. Lars Müller Publishers, 2011. 640 pp., illustrated throughout, 22x28cm. In German, with English and French translations. Images from here.

'Swiss Photobooks from 1927 to the Present' was published to coincide with the exhibition of the same name currently showing at Fo­to­stif­tung Schweiz (The Swiss Foun­da­ti­on for Pho­to­gra­phy) to mark their forti­eth an­ni­vers­a­ry.

The books included was pulled from the library of the Zentrum für Fotografie, whose catalogue you can see and search here.

Book description:

" 'Swiss Photobooks from 1927 to the Present' offers a new overview of the history of Swiss photography. The focus is on seventy selected photobooks, from classics to long-forgotten publications or brilliant works by contemporary photographic artists.

The individual books are presented with lavish series of illustrations and texts by highly-esteemed authors, while five longer essays position them in their respective eras. An extensive bibliography completes this volume.

'Swiss Photobooks' is a chronologically organized reference work that traces photography’s transition from a document to a subjective or artistic means of expression. It also pays homage to the photobook, which has repeatedly shown itself to be an ideal medium for the presentation of photographic work.

With this compact presentation published on the occasion of its fortieth anniversary the Fotostiftung Schweiz adds to its earlier standard works on the history of Swiss photography and in the process provides a new key to understanding an important aspect of contemporary visual culture since the 1920s."

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