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HANS VAN DER MEER: EUROPEAN FIELDS -- THE LANDSCAPE OF LOWER LEAGUE FOOTBALL. Steidl Verlag, Gottingen, 2014. 176 pp. with 87 ills. 38 x 26 cm. ISBN 9783869307671 In English.
Publisher's description: At the beginning of the 1995 football season, Hans van der Meer set out to take a series of football photographs that avoided the cliched traditions of modern sports photography. In an attempt to record the game in its original form--a field, two goals and 22 players--he sought matches at the bottom end of the amateur leagues, the opposite end of the scale to the Champions' League. And he avoided the enclosed environment of the stadium and tight telescopic details and hyperbole of action photography. Preferring neutral lighting, framing and camera angles, he chose instead to pull back from the central subject of the pitch, locating the playing field and its unfolding action within a specific landscape and context. He was heavily influenced by theold tradition of photography in which a wide view of the action often resulted in elements of the locality being present in the image. His European odyssey has since takenhim from small towns in the remote regions of Europe--from Bihariain in Romania to Bjorko in Sweden, from Torp in Norway to Alcsoors in Hungary, from Bartkowo in Poland to Beire in Portugal--and to the fringes of the major conurbations of Greece, Finland, England, France, Germany, Scotland, Switzerland, Holland.
Artist(s):Meer, Hans van der
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Worldwide Number: 159618
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