The inferno of the living is not something that will be; if there is one, it is what is already here, the inferno where we live every day, that we form by being together. There are two ways to escape suffering it. The first is easy for many: accept the inferno and become such a part of it that you can no longer see it. The second is risky and demands constant vigilance and apprehension: seek and learn to recognize who and what, in the midst of inferno, are not inferno, then make them endure, give them space.
Imaginary conversations between Marco Polo and his host, the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan, conjure up cities of magical times. “Of all tasks, describing the contents of a book is the most difficult and in the case of a marvelous invention like Invisible Cities, perfectly irrelevant” (Gore Vidal)
“München: Auer Dult” (Munich). 1965/printed later. Gelatin silver print. 30,7 x 23,2 cm (31,2 x 24 cm). Photographer’s stamp, address Breitbrunn, Am Chiemsee as well as titled and dated by the photographer in pencil on the verso.
Peter Keetman german photographer was born april 27th 1916 in Elberfeld and died Mars 8th 2005 in Marquartstein.