Waffenruhe (CeaseFire) by Michael Schmidt
First Edition, First Printing, 1987
This is a first edition, first printing of Michael Schmidt’s critically acclaimed “Waffenruhe” (CeaseFire) published by Dirk Nischen Verlag, Berlin, in 1987. The book with German text is a striking photo-essay that documents West Berlin in the years just before the fall of the Berlin Wall and contains 39 full page duotones with one being gate folded. “Waffenruhe” is cited in both Martin Parr & Gerry Badger’s, The Photobook: A History Volume II and Andrew Roth’s, The Open Book. Commenting on the book, the New York Times wrote, “Schmidt "represents what is most promising about the New European photography. Working in a style that is impressionistic and seemingly casual, he fashions images that are simultaneously personal and political". Martin Parr sums it up best when he writes, “, "through Schmidt's dramatic perspective and keen eye for telling details and subtle nuances, he creates an air of inconsolable emptiness in his images of The Wall and those affected by it. These photographs will leave you speechless."
Measuring approximately 11.5” x 12.5”, the book is bound in photographically illustrated wrappers. The condition of the book is Near Fine+ in Near Fine+ wrappers with some soiling and shelf wear.
Photographs of the front cover and several stock images contained in the book appear in the photo section of the listing.