Magie der Schiene
First edition, limited (No. 9/700), SIGNED by Rene Groebli
Verlag Zürich: Kobus-Verlag, 1949
Selected Photobooks 10% / Rare Books /
Zürich: Kobus-Verlag, 1949....In the aftermath of World War II photographers, both individually and collectively, turned their attention once more to making purely formalist pictures, exploring not only the aesthetic nad non-documentary qualities of the medium, but also looking at new ways of making photobooks, and integrating photographs more closely with text and graphics.
Magie der Schiene (The Magic of the Tracks), self-published by the Swiss photographer René Groebli, demonstrates both aspects of this tendency. It takes a set of personal photographs investigating certain formal issues and turns them into an elegant photobook by carefully setting them into a framework of text, graphic design, typography and production. The result is a wholly integrated piece of work, with each element given equal importance. It is a superb example of the spare, clean, international style of graphic design developed after the war, and centered around the Swiss magazine Graphis....an extremely elegant mood piece, a self-assigned project turned into an immaculate showcase for the talents of all concerned" (Parr/Badger Vol. 1)
poem by Albert Ehrismann, afterword by Hans Ulrich Gasser