ALVERMANN, Dirk. Keine Experimente: Bilder zum Grundgesetz. Berlin: Eulenspiegel Verlag, 1961. - SIGNED

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Keine Experimente: Bilder zum Grundgesetz [No Experiments: Pictures for the Basic Law].
Berlin: Eulenspiegel Verlag, 1961.

8vo (198 × 137 mm), pp.[136]. 74 black-and-white photographs. Plain endpapers. Photo-illustrated paper-covered boards, text in orange and black illustration of a camera and an owl in black on green to rear cover; light toning to pages, light offsetting to title page and opposite from publisher’s bookmark which is laid in. Laminate lifting at hinges and in a few other places. Alvermann’s signature in pencil to title page. A very good copy.

First edition, signed copy. ‘Keine Experimente’ is a slogan which was used by Konrad Adenauer, the first Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany. Adenauer espoused a practical approach to politics which appealed to the German people who had grown weary with the ideologies and uncertainties of the war years. He remained in office between 1949 and 1963 and oversaw the rapid period of post-war German economic growth. This book is concerned with the changes in attitude and consumerism that emerged in West Germany as a result of these free-market principles.

Alvermann took these photographs between 1956 and 1961, here they are juxtaposed with the first 9 articles of the Basic Law of the Federal Republic of Germany. The term Verfassung [Constitution] was deliberately not used because it was presumed that this provisional document would be replaced by the constitution of a future united Germany. In 1966 Alvermann moved from West to East Berlin.

Heiting, M. and Wiegrand, T., Deutschland im Fotobuch pp.250-1.


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