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Peress, Gilles (Photographer) & Stover, Eric (Author). THE GRAVES: SREBRENICA AND VUKOVAR. Zurich, Switzerland: Scalo Publishers, 1998. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 334 pages. As New.

Landmark collection of photographs. One of the most important photography books of the last decade of the 20th century. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in an extremely small and limited print run as a hardcover original only. A brilliant production by Gilles Peress: Regular-sized volume format. Pictorial hard boards with bold red titles on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Gilles Peress. Text by Eric Stover. Printed on thick coated stock paper in Zurich, Switzerland to the highest standards. In publisher's original shrinkwrap. Without DJ, as issued. Presents one of the most valuable photographic accounts of the Bosnian genocide. Gilles Peress has become world-famous as the restless, on-the-scene photojournalist par excellence. His mission as a photographer takes him everywhere and makes him the risk-taking photographer people have come to call the "concerned" or "militant" photographer, like Robert Capa, his predecessor, James Nachtwey and the courageous members of Magnum, his peers. Whereas a photographer like Sebastiao Salgado is concerned with the displacement of large numbers of Mankind because of globalization, Peress' concern is the permanent displacement of large numbers of Mankind because of war, in all its unprecedented violence, unbelievable savagery, and unbearable tragedy. Many photographers captured the Bosnian genocide perpetrated by the Serb majority against the Muslim minority, which the world watched unravel, helpless and unable to stop the butchery and bloodshed. Peress was there, risking his own life once again, to commit to posterity an atrocity that was nothing less than yet another crime against humanity. The tragedy of Srebrenica and Vukovar is that it happened with the unwitting cooperation of the United Nations: It is now an established fact that UNPROFOR, under its Dutch commander, handed over to the Serbs 5000 boys and men, who were all promptly buried alive, shot, tortured, "disappeared", and never heard from again. The graves into which their bodies were dumped remain the only "witness" to the genocide, and Peress was determined to record what happened. The result is this indispensable and harrowing book, a "must-have" title for Gilles Peress collectors. This is an Import title, was not widely distributed in the United States, has been out-of-print for more than ten years, and is now highly collectible. This is one of few copies of the First Edition still available online, is still in the publisher's original shrinkwrap, and has absolutely no flaws, a pristine beauty. A scarce copy thus. Gilles Peress' "Telex Iran" was selected as one of the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". One of the greatest living photojournalists. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER GILLES PERESS TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 3931141764. $50.00

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