KOUDELKA, Josef. The Black Triangle. The Foothills of the Ore Mountains. Photographs 1990-1994 [Prague]: Podkrusnohri / Magnum Photos, 1994.
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The Black Triangle. The Foothills of the Ore Mountains. Photographs 1990-1994.
[Prague]: (Podkrusnohri / Magnum Photos), (1994).
Oblong folio (233 × 597 mm), 37 leaves loose as issued. 34 Black-and-white photographs. Texts by Václev Havel and Josef Vavroušek, captions by Zdeněk Stáhlík, Igor Míchal, and Petr Pakosta in English, French, and Czech, one card and one cardboard insert; light wear and toning to edges of leaves. Publisher’s die-cut cardboard portfolio with a printed triangle affixed to the cover, velcro fastening; portfolio has light wear to edges with a couple of short closed tears and creases. An excellent copy.
First edition, unfolded issue, one of 100 copies produced in response to requests to have the images unfolded; ordinariy this book was bound in a folded accordion format. Koudelka, who had been living in exile since 1970 as a result of his photographing of the 1968 Russian invasion of Prague, was able for the first time to return to his homeland following the 1989 Velvet Revolution. Between 1991 and 1993 he made a series of panoramic photographs in a region known as The Black Triangle, situated at the western tip of the coal mining region between Germany’s southern Saxony, Poland’s Lower Silesia and the Czech Republic’s northern Bohemia. It is named after the triangular shape of the mountains and the area’s notorious pollution.
Parr, M. and Badger, G., The Photobook: A History vol. II pp.74-5.