Über das Buch
The German photographer Stefan Richter worked from 1983 until end of the 90s on the body arts, with two books (Tattoo, Quartet 1985; Hidden Exposures, De Vaar 1994). This brand-new, self-published work – a nostalgic visual feast – is a choice of his best images – most of which have never been seen before – heightened by biographies based on interviews. Portrayed are – in mostly nude photographs and in-depth texts – numerous deceased tattoo legends, including Alan Oversby, Karl Green, Isobel Varley, Rusty, Michael Kickham O’Farrell, Rocky, Tattoo Theo, Samy, Herbert Hoffmann, Karlmann Richter and many more. This sumptuous new volume illustrates a time gone by, when the body arts were still shrouded in veils. In this once secretive and intimate community extremes blossomed in the underground in London, Amsterdam, Berlin and elsewhere. A lovingly crafted high-end book: a true collector's item with an unforgettable ambience.
Stefan Richter, formerly a biologist, is a German photographer with publications in Du, Geo, Newlook, Photo, Playboy, Stern, Sunday Express Magazine, The Independent Magazine, Vogue etc. He worked from 1983 until end of the 90s on the body arts. Prints of his work are in the collections of the Bibliothèque Nationale Paris, Maison Européenne de la Photographie Paris, Musée de l’Elysée Lausanne, San Francisco MoMA, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, MoMA New York, and numerous private collections. His work was exhibited in Aberdeen, Amsterdam, Cologne (Photokina), Derry, Edinburgh, Fribourg, London, Munich, Paris, Plymouth and Ravenna. He is the author of Tattoo (Quartet, London/New York 1985), The Art of the Daguerreotype (Viking/Rizzoli, London/Milan 1989), Hidden Exposures (De Vaar, Dordrecht 1994).