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Publisher Note

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process, he collected lists of interesting German vocabulary words (professions, places, things, common terms, and the outdated), which he juxtaposes with his black-and-white photographs; two different types of language — one visual, one verbal — describing a sense of his new home.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.

Artists’ Book

The Awful German Language

by Jeffrey Ladd

Release Place Leipzig, Germany
Edition 1st edition
Release Date 2020
Writer: Jeffrey Ladd
Artist: Jeffrey Ladd
ISBN-13: 9783959053440
Subform Artist Book, Photobook
Topics Language
Methods Photography, Writing
Language English, German
Dimensions 14.4 × 20.0 cm
Pages 246

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