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MICHAEL SCHMIDT »NATUR« – selected by THOMAS WESKI

»I would like to nominate Michael Schmidt’s NATUR, which was published recently by Mack. Michael Schmidt died on May 24, 2014, and in this small book of images of nature, which he photographed at the end of the 80s, the artist demonstrates once more, and for the last time, his outstanding skills in sequencing, placing and proportioning his works in the format of an artist’s book. Michael Schmidt, who was already seriously ill at the time of the printing, supervised the production from his bed, but died before being able to look at the final result. NATUR is a typical book of his and an artist’s book par excellence: carefully designed, no text, but full of confidence in the strengths of the pictorial quality of his photographs, creating a narrative by, and also between, the images through the sequence, extending the visual range by some double pages of alternative views of the same subject, creating a kind of telescopic effect by having single images of the same subjects in different sizes on subsequent pages, out of which a wider overall understanding of nature and its importance arises; in short, a demonstration of Michael Schmidt’s photography, his sensitivity and his access to reality, a legacy which we should value and praise.«

THOMAS WESKI
CURATOR, PROFESSOR, ACADEMY OF VISUAL ARTS
LEIPZIG

MICHAEL SCHMIDT
»NATUR«
PUBLISHER: MACK, LONDON 2014
TEXT: (MICHAEL SCHMIDT)
DESIGN: MICHAEL SCHMIDT
LANGUAGE: GERMAN
FORMAT: CLOTHBOUND, 24.2 × 18.2 CM, 104 PAGES
REPRODUCTIONS: 63 (B/W)
ISBN: 9781907946585

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