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Spring of Discontent: 1964 – 1974
Michael Ruetz

Spring of Discontent: 1964 – 1974, Michael Ruetz

Spring of Discontent: 1964 – 1974, Michael RuetzSpring of Discontent: 1964 – 1974
Michael Ruetz

Texts by Rolf Sachsse and Michael Ruetz.


192 pages
260 x 300 mm
ISBN 9783865218667


Michael Ruetz is one of 1968’s major photographic chroniclers. Documenting the political earthquakes in West Germany (and the eastern half of Berlin), and in Czechoslovakia, Ruetz produced some of the era’s classic images, which were immediately bought up by magazines such as Time, Life, Der Spiegel and Stern. Spring of Discontent 1964-1974 records not only 1968 but its aftershock in Germany, Greece and in the Third World. Today Ruetz is famed for other projects such as Eye on Time (which documents the transformation of the earth’s surface over long periods of time), but it was with the photographs gathered in this volume that he first made his mark.

About the Artist
Michael Ruetz was born in Berlin in 1940. He studied Sinology, Japanese and journalism and lived abroad for thirteen years. From 1969 to 1973, he was a staff photographer for the weekly magazine Stern. Since then he has worked solely as a freelance photographer and as a contract writer and photographer with Little Brown and Company/New York Graphic Society. Ruetz is a professor for communication design at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Braunschweig, Germany, and is a member of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin. He was appointed Officier des Arts et Lettres in 2006. With Steidl he has published Sichtbare Zeit, Das Willy-Brandt-Haus, Bibliothek der Augen, Cosmos, WindAuge, Eye on Time, Die Unbequeme Zeit and Eye on Infinity.

About the Publisher
Gerhard Steidl began working as a printer and designer in 1968. From political non-fiction he then expanded into literature and selected books on art and photography. Steidl publishes German literature as well as translations from French, English and Icelandic.In 1994 Steidl launched its international photobook program. Today it includes some of the world’s most renowned photographers and artists including Joel Sternfeld, Bruce Davidson, Robert Frank, Robert Adams, Karl Lagerfeld, Lewis Baltz, Dayanita Singh, Ed Ruscha, Roni Horn and Juergen Teller, to name but a few. Every Steidl book distinguishes itself through individual design and production values. Known for his passion for paper, printer and publisher Gerhard Steidl personally selects the paper and binding materials for each title and oversees all aspects of the production process – each Steidl book literally passes through his hands. Over the decades Steidl at Düstere Strasse 4 in Göttingen has become one of the most respected printers in the international publishing world. Whether photography, art, fashion or literature, it is Steidl’s goal to realize the dreams and goals of artists and authors, and to create art in book form.

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