Kindertotenlieder is a limited edition of 150 copies by Australian photographer Bill Henson. It is a meditation on bereavement, linking Henson’s work with the poetry of Friedrich Ruckert and the songs of Gustav Mahler, both of whom experienced the deaths of children. Henson creates dreamscapes in locations associated with Mahler, combining these works with the spectre of a young girl. The book of photographs is housed in a hand-bound slipcase, with a book of Rückert’s poems printed with a letter press and a 12” record of the Mahler song cycle. Sample images.
The title of Donald Weber’s new self-published War Sand refers to beaches contaminated by the remnants of projectiles used in war. Combining Weber’s images with texts, and scientific data, it explores the sand beaches where the D-Day invasion was once fought. Using the new techniques of micro-archaeology, they suggest that up to 5% of the sand of these beaches comprises fragments of human bone, brass, steel, titanium and iron left over from the war. Following this analysis, over the next three years Weber photographed the beaches as they are today, taking in undulating seascapes and moody landscapes; corroded pillboxes and monuments, seaside towns and beaches; and ever shifting images of the weather and clouds. Sample images.