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Balthasar Burkhard

Scent of desire

Edizioni Periferia, Luzern — 2009
SFr. 54.00 SFr. 60.00
Pages: 2 Volumes: 64 and 80 pages
Edition: First edition
Dimensions: 26,6 x 21 cm
Language: English, German
ISBN: 978-3-907474-68-6

«In the black-and-white photographs you can feel Balthasar Burkhard standing in front of his motif. His gaze through the camera weighs, structures and composes. […] A touch of melancholy is embodied in the colouring and scent of his heliogravures. One can almost hear the voices of the three sisters in Chekhov’s eponymous drama, first performed in 1901. The pictures are imbued with a breath of transience, even of resignation. But at the same time, the scent of desire, of wanting to blossom is a strong instinct.» (Jean-Christophe Ammann)

Two volumes show the artist’s late full-colour work and older black-and-white photographs that focus on the body and the landscape. Burkhard’s pictures of blossoms and plants are of such sensual intensity that we can almost smell their colours.

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