Item description for Hans van der Meer: European Fields by Hans Van Der Meer...
At the beginning of the 1995 soccer season, Hans van der Meer set out to take photographs of the game that dodged the clich d traditions of modern sports photography. In an attempt to record the sport in its original form--a field, two goals and 22 players--he sought matches at the bottom end of the amateur leagues. He avoided tight telescopic details and the hyperbole of action photography, pulled back from the central subject of the pitch, and set the playing field and its unfolding action in the context of local elements. Over the last 10 years, Van der Meer has continued this project across the playing fields of Europe, traveling to every country with a significant history of the game. The Netherlands yielded 1998's Dutch Fields, and the odyssey that brings forth European Fields has since taken him from Bihariain, Romania to Bjarka, Sweden, from Torp, Norway to Als*ars, Hungary, from Bartkowo, Poland to Beire, Portugal, and to urban and suburban Greece, Finland, England, France, Germany, Scotland, Switzerland, Holland, Slovakia, Denmark, Ireland, Wales, Belgium, Spain and Italy. Van der Meer's understated observations of the poetry and absurdity of human behavior on the field use soccer to consider--and provoke a laugh at--the human condition. Also available in a large-format hardcover edition.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 8" Height: 11.5" Weight: 2.18 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2006
ISBN 3865212387 ISBN13 9783865212382
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More About Hans Van Der Meer
"Hans van der Meerwas born in Leimuiden in the Netherlands in 1955. He has published numerous books of his own photographs and archival ones, including 1988is Interland, whose images of the Dutch national team between 1911 and 1955 inspired his current projects. His work is included in major international collections and has appeared in solo exhibitions in venues such as the National Museum for Photography, Film and Television in the UK, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto. He is a contributing editor at Useful Photography."