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(Paris): Éditions de La Martinière, (2001).

(224 x 298 mm), pp.[86], accordion-fold, attached to inside of rear cover. 36 black-and-white photographs, introduction by Jean-Pierre Berghmans, essay by Gilles A. Tiberghien, captions by the plant managers, design by Xavier Barral. Grey endpaper affixed to rear cover only. Printed paper-covered boards, grey, text in black. Original cardboard clamshell box; a few indentation marks, white paint mark to one edge. A fine copy in a very good or better box.

First edition, one of 500 numbered trade copies. This company book was made for Groupe Lhoist, a French limestone mining company. Koudelka spent over two years photographing their quarries in Europe and the United States. ‘In this work, Koudelka looks at an industry, which, like coal mining, extracts a natural product from the earth yet is not considered environmentally damaging… The large format suits the scale of these images well, while the subject suits the romanticism that is always present in Koudelka’s work to some degree. Here, he gives full rein to these tendencies to make brooding pictures that emphasize the quarrying of Limestone not as rape, but as a noble and civilizing act’ (The Photobook).

The Photobook: A History Vol. II pp.202-3.


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