Ostfildern-Ruit: Hatje Cantz Publishers, 1999. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's photo-illustrated stiff glossy paper wraps, french flaps, photo-illustration to verso of wraps.
"Photography is our exorcism. Primitive society had its masks, bourgeois society its mirrors. We have our images." Collection of French postmodern and cult critic Jean Baudrillard's photography, along with texts elaborating his theories on photography. Intentionally barren of narrative context, with a narrow focus on human subjects, Baudrillard's aesthetic sensibilities clearly reinforce his postulations on contemporary life, technology, and the image. Published to accompany an exhibit of the photos at Neue Galerie Graz, Austrias (January 9 - February 14, 1999). Edited by post-structuralist artist and critic Peter Weibel; preface by Austrian art historian and author Christa Steinle. Text in English, German, and French. Small closed tear to outer margin of second page, else fine. Item #2060