New. No dust jacket as issued. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Photographically illustrated paper-covered boards, no dust jacket as issued. Photographs by Boris Mikhailov. Afterword by Friedrich Meschede. Designed by Boris Mikhailov and Gerhard Steidl. 80 pp., with 65 tritone plates, beautifully printed on heavy fine matte art paper by Steidl, Göttingen, Germany. 11-7/8 x 15-3/4 inches. This first edition was limited to 3000 hardbound copies. Published on the occasion of the 2002 exhibition Boris Mikhailov: Salt Lake, at Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York. New in publisher's shrink-wrap. From the publisher: "In the southern Ukrainian town where Boris Mikhailov's father was born, a factory spills untreated water directly out into the open sea. Believing these waters to have healing powers, the local people enjoy swimming in it. All year round, families gather on the shore; on-lookers might be reminded of a Russian Baden-Baden. Mikhailov shot the filmic, black and white sequence of Salt Lake in 1986, capturing a Russian bohemia of uncanny, eery proportions and muted light. Scene upon strangely timeless scene sees rough, stocky men and thick, bikini-clad women, their hair tied up in scarves, all bathing naturally on a sea shore crowded with smokestacks, brick warehouses, and industrial-size pipes that lead right out into the water, like a dock. The book itself was designed by the artist using Russian paper and binding materials, and is printed in a limited edition."
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