END TIME CITY, WINNER OF THE PRIX NADAR, SIGNED BY PHOTOGRAPHER MICHAEL ACKERMAN
ACKERMAN, Michael. End Time City. Zurich, Berlin, New York: Scalo, (1999). Oblong folio, original gray cloth, mounted cover photograph, original acetate dust jacket. $375.
First edition in English, with text by Christian Caujolle and 73 photographs of the people of Benares by Ackerman, and signed and dated by him in the year of publication.
This, Ackerman’s first photobook, won the Prix Nadar, the prestigious French photobook award that has previously been won by such luminaries of photography as William Klein, Joseph Koudelka, André Kertész, Richard Avedon, and Henri Cartier-Bresson. The photographer is “interested in how we transcend [cultural specifics]—in what it means to be human. What it means to be alive… Everything good comes from the heart and you have to trust it” (p. 127). Ackerman has an “emotional and immediate approach. This young photographer’s first book comprises primarily images made in Benares between 1993 and 1997. Though the title refers to the cremation grounds to which people travel from all over India to end their temporal existence, Ackerman’s photographs are kinetically alive. His eye ranges from the streets to the cremation grounds, from interior moments to ritual dances. The approximately 70 images depart from straight documentary by inviting bursts of light and dark, blur, grain, and texture as aesthetic components. The result is a compelling collection of charged images” (Library Journal).
A fine copy.