“TRUST NOTHING—NEITHER THE TALE NOR TELLER”: LIMITED FIRST EDITION, NUMBER 434 OF 750 COPIES, SIGNED BY PHOTOGRAPHER JENS LIEBCHEN
LIEBCHEN, Jens. DL 07 Stereotypes of War: A Photographic Investigation. (Berlin): Edition J.J. Heckenhauer, (2000). Slim quarto, original green cloth. $450.
Signed limited first edition of Liebchen’s first photobook, number 434 of 750 copies, signed by the photographer on the limitation page, with 19 black-and-white photogravure plates.
“The premise of Liebchen’s brilliant, intriguing little book is that the photo-reportage of war… is a genre, a set of predictable conventions… Using sly allusion and knowing observation, Liebchen takes ‘ordinary’ documentary photographs [of a city in Albania], yet builds up a picture of a city racked by the tense atmosphere of conflict… The false narrative delivers the clichés adroitly—the shattered windscreen, the children with guns—until even the shadow of a figure on the ground has sinister connotations, and we are ready to believe the worst at every turn… Liebchen’s postmodern reportage tells us to trust nothing—neither the tale nor teller” (Parr & Badger II:312). Essay by Ian Jeffrey, with text in English and German. Without dust jacket, as issued.
A fine copy, scarce.