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Ruetz, Michael. COSMOS: ELEMENTS IN HARMONY 1972-1997. Göttingen, Germany: Steidl, 1997. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 178 pages. As New/As New.

Collection of aerial and landscape photographs. One of the most beautiful art photography books of the last decade of the 20th century. The first and only edition. A brilliant production by Michael Ruetz and Gerhard Steidl: Oversize-volume format in oblong shape. Cloth boards with titles on spine, as issued. Photographs by Michael Ruetz. Printed on thick coated stock paper in Gottingen, Germany to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents some of the most stunning landscape photographs ever taken. If the title is not explicit enough, this book is the photographer's celebration of the diverse world we live in and sometimes fail to grasp in its splendid, sometimes terrifying beauty. Contains photographs presented in the highest-quality reproduction: A shot of a romantic castle, a shore that looks like a screen shot of an H. F. Lovecraft novel, a medieval fortress beside a placid lake, and an entire section called "Heaven's Hieroglyphics", which is unsurpassed in the way it captures lightning storms. "In Michael Ruetz's moody, atmospheric color photographs, the mysterious is divulged. The paradoxical, what once seemed invisible, is revealed in these photographs, which prove Oscar Wilde's adage that the 'mystery is the visible, not the invisible' ". A dazzling collection, this is a "must-have" title for Michael Ruetz collectors. This title has been out-of-print for a very long time and is now collectible. This is one of few copies still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A scarce copy thus. One of the most brilliant living photographers. A flawless copy. . ISBN 3882434813. $30.00

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