Red land blue land

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Hatje Cantz, 2000 - Art - 158 pages
Red Land-Blue Land is a photographic study of the military training ground of Senne in Germany, a site which the documentary photographer Claudio Hils explored with his camera over the course of several years. While at first glance these photographs seem to be conveying a simple sense of unspoiled nature, upon closer inspection the signs and traces of military use slowly reveal themselves. The eye begins to discover more and more details -- cartridge cases, overgrown graves, outlines of ruined houses -- and the deeper one moves into Hils' imagery, the more surreal it becomes. Human props, placed amidst cardboard-and-wood backdrops designed to represent streets, trenches, and shot-up tanks finally confirm that what we are witnessing is the staging of a war scenario. With all color illustrations, this publication offers multiple insights into Claudio Hils' new photographic project and serves as an overview of the photographer's work over the last few years.

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