Christian Boltanski
Kaddish (1998)

Boltanski brings four previous publications together in this monumental work: Menschlich (1994), Sachlich (1995), Oertlich (1997), Sterblich (1996) (humanity, materiality, locality, mortality). Kaddish is the Hebrew prayer for the souls of the dead and in this publication Boltanski presents his personal memorial using 1142 b&w collected and found photographs. The poignant images in Kaddish date from pre/during/and post World War II. They are intentionally blurred, just as our memories become blurred with time. Full-bleed duotone photograph images published to coincide with the artist’s exhibition at the Paris Museum of Modern Art in 1998. 27 x 22.5 x 5.5 cm. Edition unknown.
Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris with Gina Kehayoff Verlag.

Ref:
Parr, Martin & Badger, Gerry 2006, The Photobook: A History volume II, Phaidon Press Limited, London. p. 127, 136, 172, 173 Illustrated), 226.

Collection: Centre for the Artist Book, grahame galleries + editions