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Parr, Martin. LANGWEILIGE POSTKARTEN ("BORING POSTCARDS: GERMANY") : MARTIN PARR POSTCARD COLLECTION. London, England: Phaidon Press, 2001. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 176 pages. As New.

The photographer's selections from his postcard collection. The first and only edition. The third and single most scarce title in the ongoing and extremely popular Series. An elegant production by Martin Parr: Small-size volume format in oblong shape. Green hard boards with black titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Postcards from various sources. They are acknowledged where possible on the front free endpapers. All of the original postcards are part of the photographer's personal collection. There is no text. Printed on thick uncoated stock paper to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Martin Parr's selection of the most tellingly boring postcards one could possibly imagine. Apart from having one of the largest private collections of photography books, Parr is also known for his huge postcard collection. "These postcards from Germany take you on a daringly dull tour of its autobahns, airports, hotels, factories, shops, border posts, tower blocks, and new towns. Presented without commentary or introduction of any kind, and with the original captions, the postcards are allowed to speak for themselves. They were all made before German Reunification and provide fascinating and hilarious insights into German social and architectural values between the 1950's and 1980's. The nation's special relationship with concrete and with the functional block is nostalgically and repetitiously celebrated and the volume provides a revealing context for consideration of the work of contemporary German art and landscape photographers" (Publisher's blurb). Well, even Germany's greatest living political thinker, Jurgen Habermas, felt compelled to comment on postwar Germany's "aesthetic of denial". He will find page after page of ample evidence in this affectionately biting collection. Parr is an ironist (who is often mistaken for being a satirist) whose oblique, indirect, and witty approach leaves a strong aftertaste. It is not possible to understand the art and photography of our time without taking stock of Martin Parr's work and achievement. A "must-have" title for Martin Parr collectors. This title has been out-of-print for a long time and is now collectible. This is one of very few copies still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A very scarce copy thus. 160 color plates. The most influential and most important living British photographer. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER MARTIN PARR TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0714840629. $70.00

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