Michael Schmidt’s book „Unity“: drab grey on bleak grey.
I am looking at Michael Schmidts images, sense the historical meaning of some of the personalities found back in the archives, believe to recognize the construction drawing of a incinerator furnace, or the layout of a concentration camp. I see masses marching and I see men in uniforms, I see propaganda icons and ugly apartment decorations that turn into eye candy through Schmidt’s photography. My enjoyment of the aestheticisation of the ugly gets some nourishment here.
“Unity”: a gloomy book with moments of dread referring to German history.
German history, that is also the history of evil, the evil that humans were capable to do, that humans still, and will be forever are capable to do. Here, and there and everywhere.
All images by Michael Schmidt/ UNITY; 1996.
I extracted the beginning sequence and a sequence from the last third of the book that contains about 160 images on the whole.