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Becker, Olaf Otto (Photographer); Badger, Gerry & Schaden, Christoph (Contributors). OLAF OTTO BECKER: BROKEN LINE GREENLAND 2003-2006. Ostfildern, Germany: Hatje Cantz Publishers, 2007. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 152 pages. As New.

Collection of color photographs. One of the greatest photography books of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited print run as a hardcover original only. An austerely elegant production by Olaf Otto Becker: Oversize-volume format in wide oblong shape. Aquamarine cloth boards with photographic reproduction pasted on the recessed cover and titles embossed on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Olaf Otto Becker. Text by Gerry Badger, the co-author of "The Photobook", and Christoph Schaden. Printed on thick coated stock paper in Germany to absolutely the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents one of the most stunningly, serenely, and sublimely beautiful photography books ever published in our lifetime. All of them were taken in Greenland, between 2003 and 2006, resulting in the kind of photography book that one not only looks at but in the process of looking, experiences. Most of us will never set foot in Greenland. Olaf Otto Becker has made the trip for us, and we are forever in his debt. "Becker worked for four years and covered thousands of miles by boat creating these photographs of the coastline of Greenland. The resulting images, made in the clear light of the midsummer night over long exposures, are worth the effort. Becker sometimes waited days for the right image or condition to appear in order to produce a single image, a process that left him with only about 25 photographs per year. All of the pictures share the contemplative character of their creator. Becker, who was once a painter, doesn't photograph scenery: He builds compositions, using his eye and his patience, to develop a work of melancholy beauty reminiscent of the powerful iconography of 19th-century Romantic landscapes. The images record the artist's awe at the beauty of creation as well as the dangers facing it" (Publisher's blurb). Just when you think you have seen it all, along comes a labor of love and a masterpiece that just blows you away. A "must-have" title for Olaf Otto Becker and photography book collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and dated in pencil on the title page by the photographer: "11.04.2009 Olaf Otto Becker". Becker also pasted a miniature variant-photograph of an image that appears in the book, titled it in pencil, and indicated its exact location (with an arrow, also in pencil) in the map of Greenland that is reproduced on the page. Has any photographer taken the trouble of adding a memento/souvenir (in lieu of a postcard) to his signature, making this copy that much more special? We can think of only two very different artists (Peter Beard and Stephen Gill). This title is now considered a classic. This is one of a very limited number of such copies that Becker signed, dated, and "memento-ed" (each copy has a unique miniature photograph) and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare, one-of-a-kind signed copy thus. 75 color plates and foldouts. Winner of The German Photography Book Award in 2008. One of the greatest living photographers. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER COPY OF THIS TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 3775719725. $200.00

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