Softcover with dust jacket, 112 pages, 23 x 31 cm. English and German text by Urs Stahel.
One of the most important books published in recent times, New Europe seeks to dig beneath the utopian dream of a united continent arising to face the dawn of the 21st century. Graham's photographs engage echoes of the past, from the dictators of Franco and Hitler to the Holocaust and the Irish conflict, and interweave the historic burden with imagery of today's society; pictures of immersion, escaping, into music, alcohol, cigarettes, or drug addiction, into the ecstatic kick. Neither a narrative nor a conventional documentary, this body of photographs builds into a visual poem that resonates across the social and psychological landscape of Europe today. Cited in "Photoboook: A History volume II" By Parr and Badger.
"New Europe is a fascinating example of how far the ‘new document’ has progressed to the beginning of the 1990s. For this kind of work – analytical, metaphorical, personal – the term ‘documentary’ itself would seem redundant, although that is not to say that the imagery itself neglects to analyse society or describe modern life. I believe that New Europe is one of the most important photobooks of the last five years. It is the best book that Graham has made to date, his most difficult and his most lyrical. It also might be a flagship for the New European photography, marking a moment when Paul Graham moved from being a parochial British photographer to a truly international one." -Gerry Badger