A Hundred Summers, A Hundred Winters Bertien Van Manen
De Verbeelding, 1994 First edition Softcover, 96 pages, 245 x 265 mm Condition: Near Fine
One of the most important photobooks on post-Soviet life ever published, Bertien Van Manen's seminal first book is a powerful and heartrending historical document. Traveling through the former Eastern Bloc, the Dutch photographer used inexpensive snapshot cameras as she felt that these allowed her subjects to consider her as a tourist or friend, who simply liked to take pictures. Van Manen did not remain a distanced photo-reporter, her work speaks of poverty and the attempt at a dignified life. Very direct, but never cynical, her color pictures tell stories of friendship and love, happiness, pain, aging, loneliness and death.
"Of the many photobooks documenting the social and political situation following the collapse of the Soviet empire, Dutch photographer Bertien van Manen's A Hundred summers, a Hundred Winters is one of the finest, a remarkable piece of work by an astute photographer who refuses to take the easy option and go for the cheap shot". – Martin Parr & Gerry Badger's The Photobook: A History, Vol. II
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