DAWID – Beautiful Frames


Author: Michael Mack
Publisher: Steidl Publishers, Göttingen
Year: 2000
Artist: Dawid (Bjorn Dawidsson)
ISBN: 3-88234-724-3

Hardback, 416 pages, 250 duotone plates, 17 cm x 22 cm


Beautiful Frames
The Swedish artist Dawid has for over thirty years been making series of photographically based artworks examining the nature of the medium and exploring issues of perception. He began photographing in the late sixties, documenting incongruous moments with a wry sense of humour, until he established his signature style of stark graphic illustration, initiated by the seminal Rost series. Recent work has utilised the possibilities of digitalisation and this book elaborates the vision of an image-maker whose life’s work reflects, criticises and parallels the chequered history and changing status of photography.
This beautifully designed and extensive book constitutes the first comprehensive survey of Dawid’s work. The publication includes fictional and factual essays by Michael Mack, considering the artist’s influences and context – personal, cultural and art historical – and exploring the psychological, philosophical and often bizarre depths of his work.

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