Roswitha Hecke — Liebes Leben, Bilder mit Irene

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The real story of Irene was a sad one: A secret star of the Zurich’s Bohème working as a prostitute until her tragic early accidental death. For three weeks Hecke photographed her daily routine in Zurich and accompanied her to Rome where Irene always celebrated her birthday. The result was a subtle and strong portrait of a woman, both beautiful and confident, erotic and with a proud elegance. The photos, a mix of choreographed and documentary work, capture an unusual immediacy and presence. Roswitha Hecke born in Hamburg 1944 also made still photography for Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Éric Rohmer


Bilder mit Irene “Love Life – Scenes with Irene”, a very beautiful photobook. Reprinted many times and translated into several languages, this is the first edition, 1st printing (the rare hardcover version)

Munich: Rogner & Bernard, 1978. 8vo. Original wraps.  Around 100 unpaginated pages. Illustrated throughout with text in German. Clean, fine copy

Awarded with the Kodak prize for the best photographic book in 1979 and also honoured with the prize of ‘The Most Beautiful Book’ by the Foundation ‘Buchkunst’ in 1982

Roswitha Hecke — Liebes Leben, Bilder mit Irene