Waffenruhe - Michael Schmidt
In contrast to his deliberately sober but not distanced shots of his previous series, Schmidt in Waffenruhe with atmospheric, condensed, cut and contrasty black-and-white shots of urban landscapes, natural details and portraits draws a subjective, leaden image of the still divided city. His technique no longer follows the means of pure documentation, but formulates the dystopian attitude to life of a generation shortly before the fall of the Berlin Wall in surprising pictorial contexts. Schmidt develops a world of breaks and gaps that makes every claim to a sovereign overview. In the interplay with the text by Einar Schleef, which is about a man left by his wife, who sits in the empty house together with a rabbit after the separation, [the book] creates a gruff and completely personal view of the fragility of human existence.