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Wenders, Wim (Artist/Photographer); Klaus-Schuster, Peter & Hartje, Nicole (Contributors) . PICTURES FROM THE SURFACE OF THE EARTH: PHOTOGRAPHS BY WIM WENDERS. Munich, Germany: Schirmer/Mosel, 2003. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 128 pages. As New/As New.

Revised and Expanded Edition of the artist/photographer's collection of panoramic photographs. One of the most stunningly beautiful art photography books of the new century. A stupendous production by Wim Wenders and Klaus E. Goltz Halle: Oversize-volume format in wide oblong shape. Blue hard boards with white titles on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs and text by Wim Wenders. Essays by Peter Klaus-Schuster and Nicole Hartje. List of Plates with miniature reproductions appended at the end. Printed on thick coated stock paper by EBS in Verona, Italy to the very highest standards. In wraparound DJ, which utilizes one of the panoramic vistas, and titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Originally published on the occasion of the exhibition of the same name held at The Hamburger Bahnhof Berlin in 2001, this edition includes five new panoramas that appear here for the first time and more important, represent Wenders' original vision. There are 10 more multi-panel foldouts that are reproduced as such, also for the first time. "For many years, Wim Wenders has taken an old panoramic camera along with him on his travels, using it whenever the sheer wealth of what he saw and the impressions it left on him burst the confines of the normal scale of things. What we see are landscapes and city vistas, photographs of architecture and nature, taken in the United States, Japan, Australia, Israel, Cuba, and Germany. They shed light on the world as encountered by the photographer and a portrait of the photographer as reflected in his vision of the world" (Publisher's blurb). Wim Wenders is justifiably known primarily as a filmmaker because he has made some of the greatest films of the so-called "New German Cinema", which arose from the devastation of his divided country's postwar ambivalences, guilts, and tensions. The most celebrated is "Wings of Desire", but he has made at least five other masterpieces, including the documentary, "The Buena Vista Social Club", which single-handedly revived interest in the incomparable music of Cuba. Wenders is also known for his lifelong love affair with America, where he has worked on some of the most beautiful films we shall ever see. If "Once" captures the human scale of a personal life, "Pictures From The Surface of the Earth" captures the inexhaustible beauty of the wider world, thereby beautifully complementing each other. A "must-have" title for Wim Wenders collectors. This copy is prominently and beautifully signed in black fountain pen on the title page by Wim Wenders. He also added a wing drawing around the titles, a very moving allusion to his film, "Wings of Desire". The signature was obtained during Wenders' appearance at the New York City premiere of "Don't Come Knocking", his first collaboration with Sam Shepard and Jessica Lange. This is an Import title, was not widely distributed in the United States, is now out-of-print, and increasingly difficult to find. This is the only signed copy available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 55 color plates, 32 foldouts. One of the finest living German artist/writer/filmmakers. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER WIM WENDERS TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 3829600518. $400.00

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