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The Alphabet of Spiritual Emptiness by Zdenek Tmej
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Feb 26, 11

it was amazing

errata editions has a series where they republished classic and long gone photo books. Zdenek Tmej's "The Alphabet of Spiritual Emptiness" is a remarkable work of this photographer's images of a nazi forced labor camp in Breslau, Poland. A hell, but not a hell thrown in your face. There is a quiet despair in the the black and white photographs.

But this edition by errata is really about the photo book itself. It documents what it looked like when it came out in 1945. The original editions are very very rare. So what is left is a beautiful production of a book on a book. On one level it is a beautiful reference book on a book that is no longer here. Which makes it kind of depressing, but also its a sublime thought. These editions are more than a ghost version of a book. This is an essential book on work that can't disappear.
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