Web Description: Modern Rare: Geometry of Innocence


Schles, Ken
The Geometry Of Innocence
Imprint: Ostfildern-ruit, Germany, Hatje Cantz Publishers, 2001
Edition: First Edition
Binding: Hardback , With Dust Jacket

First Edition / First Printing. As New in As New Dust Jacket. 128 pages. The photographer's second collection. Destined to be a late-modern classic. A handsome production by Ken Schles: Oversize-volume format. Hard boards with titles on spine, as issued. Photographs by Ken Schles. Edited with Essays by Markus Schaden and Thomas Zander [sic]. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents the brilliant photographer's new work, after a very long hiatus. The book contains numerous images that are reproduced as doublespreads and presents Schles work in color for the first time. "Twelve years after the legendary success of his first book of photographs, 'Invisible City', Ken Schles returns with his long-awaited project. Schles's focus is on the relentless shifting of social structures and spaces that mark the urban landscape of today. His images form a kind of visual roller coaster, sending the viewer onto city streets and playgrounds, into pubs and bars, putting the viewer inside a police helicopter and taking them to death row, hospital rooms, and police interventions. While there is no story per se, this breathless sequence of pictures is condensed into thematic clusters, providing a spellbinding and almost physically palpable experience" (Publisher's blurb). Some commentators have said that Ken Schles is the darker William Klein (with "echoes" of Weegee), misleadingly suggesting in the process that Klein is a joyful, bright, "daytime" photographer. While there is an unmistakable influence by Klein, perhaps it is easier to see how different the two are by speaking of them in literary terms: William Klein is an essayist whereas Ken Schles is a poet. Both are great photographers. This title is now out-of-print. This copy has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A scarce copy thus. 106 color and 87 duotone plates. One of the most brilliant living American photographers. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER KEN SCHLES TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 3775710116