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Third Life
Norbert Schoerner

Third Life, Norbert Schoerner

Third Life, Norbert SchoernerThird Life
Norbert Schoerner
Violette Editions

Edited by Robert Violette
Essays by Tom Mortion and Geoff Cox


160 pages
247 x 300 mm
ISBN 9781900828383


Third Life is the new monograph by photographer Norbert Schoerner. Assembled as a cinematic narrative, this book collects new and previously unseen work produced over the last seven years.

‘These photographs have no single subject or theme, and belong to no single genre. They comprise images snapped for Schoerner’s ‘sketchbook’ and highly choreographed tableaux, urban and rural landscapes, still lives and what might tentatively be called abstract works … Although they are preoccupied with the promises and pitfalls of representation, they do not seek to contrast the “natural” with the “artificial”, but rather position both as aspects of the same reality. Aside from the occasional colour correction, there is no postproduction on the majority of Schoerner’s shots, and no real need for it. After all, these are images of a world that constantly edits and re-edits itself.’
– Tom Morton from his introduction to Norbert Schoerner: Third Life

‘Small, sudden acts abound here, in this new world, amidst the exhausted bones and irradiated plastic meat of the last: an impossibly casual levitation, a shape shifting. A transubstantiation. Anything can trigger the event. … But the final glimpses linger, the dying visions, glimmering into third life, signalling through a stilled landscape of cenotaph.’ – Geoff Cox from Norbert Schoerner: Third Life

About the Artist
Norbert Schoerner is a photographer and filmmaker whose fashion campaigns have included Comme des Garçons and Prada; his editorial work has been seen in The Face, New York Times Magazine, Vogue and many other publications. Schoerner’s work has been widely exhibited, including shows at White Cube, Chapman Fine Arts and the 10th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale (2006). This is his second collaboration with Violette, following a photographic essay he created for Judith Clark’s and Adam Philips’ The Concise Dictionary of Dress (2010).

About the Publisher 
Violette Editions was established in 1997 by Robert Violette. Recently published titles include Dixonary, the first comprehensive book on the work of designer Tom Dixon, written and illustrated by the designer himself; a major monograph on the photographs of British artist Sarah Jones with text by Brian Dillon, A. M. Homes and David Campany; and Eating at Hotel Il Pellicano, which captures the Michelin-starred recipes of Antonio Guida in photography by Juergen Teller and the wit of Will Self.

As well as publishing select titles under the Violette Editions imprint, Robert Violette has also devised, edited, produced and packaged fine illustrated books for other publishers and for a select range of private and commercial clients. For more information, see ‘Other Publications’.

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