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Robert Lebeck

Steidl, 2008
576 pages
Fully illustrated, b+w.
ISBN: 9783865215277

Perhaps it was the wish to travel as often and as far as possible that drove the photographer Robert Lebeck to aim his camera at the world. Lebeck was interested not only in events in and of themselves, but also in the stories on the fringes and the people behind the images. He was often found in places where history was being made. When he took the photo Rapier Thief on his tour of Africa in 1960, for example, he captured a symbolic portrait of the end of European colonial power, an image which has since become a classic of press photography. Lebeck's pictures of Africa, Asia and the Soviet Union, made mostly in the early 1960s, show a world in upheaval.


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