"Michael SCHMIDT, born in Berlin in 1945, is one of Germany's greatest photographers. Following his photo volume 'Waffenruhe' (engl. Ceasefire) project in 1987 (book and international touring exhibition), he addresses the question of 'U-ni-ty' in this book. Michael SCHMIDT traces the symbolism and iconography of political systems, their propaganda and the images of humankind they project. He explores unity, or one-ness, of individual and state, seeking out the discrepancies and the correlations.
In his work he mixes found images with those of his own making to the point where reality and imagination merge, creating a densely woven structure of associations and emotions.
The photo volume 'U-NI-TY' (also published as German edition, named 'EIN-HEIT) is published to coincide with an exhibition in the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 1996 and a tour to such venues as the Sprengel Museum in Hanover and the Albertinium in Dresden, as well as a 1996 retrospective show of his work at the Photographer's Gallery in London. " (publisher's note, © Scalo Verlag, 1996)
- Thomas Weski
- HC (no dust jacket, as issued), 19,5 x 26,5 x 3 cm., 316 pp., b/w ills., text language: English