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Jeffrey Ladd
The Awful German Language

Photographs by Jeffrey Ladd

Text by Jeffrey Ladd (English, German)

Spector Books, 2019

First edition

Thread-sewn hardcover

246 pp., 110 b/w illustrations

144 x 200 mm

ISBN 9783959053440

Item #9560

0.800 9560 EUR 35.00 Add to Cart

In 2011 the American photographer Jeffrey Ladd moved to Cologne, Germany, and began photographing his surroundings while learning the basics of the German language. In the process, he collected lists of interesting German vocabulary words (professions, places, things, common terms, and the outdated), which he juxtaposes with his black-and-white photographs; two different types of language—one visual, one verbal—describing a sense of his new home. Borrowing the title from Mark Twain, The Awful German Language embraces a state where the combination of word and photograph can resonate or remain dissonant and confused depending on the individual reader. An index of definitions in English at the back of the book is provided as a learning tool, but one that requires some work on the part of the learner to decipher its code.

Jeffrey Ladd (b. 1968 in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania) is an american photographer. His work has been exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, International Center of Photography, a.o.

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