Zero. Bepe Lagadu, Hans Fleischner.
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Zero. An Introduction Into Seeing

[Tokyo: Hans Fleischner, 1977]. 1st Edition. Small folio, publisher's white binder's tape over white coated paper self-wraps printed in black, double-layered pages hole-punched at the gutter.

"Zero is the beginning unless you've got a different truth." Scarce self-published photobook capturing youth culture in Greenwich Village and Harlem in the summer after the summer of love, by Austrian photographer Hans Fleischner, and inscribed by him. Fleischner, who studied photography in Vienna in the mid-60s, went to New York City in 1968 to take in the world through his lens. The downtown photo studio where he worked was a hub for an interraacial and international group of young artists and models (among them the celebrated flamenco dancer Andrea Del Conte and her husband, the photographer Bill Del Conte) experimenting with the new freedoms of the Age of Aquarius. Fleischner also went uptown, to the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, popularly known as Black Woodstock (and recently chronicled in Questlove's film Summer of Soul), where he was more compelled to photograph the faces in the crowd than the acts on stage. Some time after, he moved on to Chicago and Mexico City, before settling for many years in Tokyo, where he published this book of his time in New York, in an edition of 200 unnumbered copies, in conjunction with an exhibit of the photos. Fleischner has inscribed this copy on the last page: "3/2/77 / To Kobayashi / Hans Fleischner." No copies listed in OCLC. Head of spine bumped, wraps soiled, tape binding fragile but sound. A very good copy of a photographer's personal manifesto that moodily captures a period of moral upheaval. Item #4370

$500.00

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