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On the 2 April 2009 world leaders gathered in London’s ExCeL Centre to address the global financial crisis.
The G-20 (more formally, the Group of Twenty Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors) is a group of finance ministers and central bank governors from 20 economies: 19 of the world's largest national economies, plus the European Union (EU).
Collectively, the G-20 economies comprise 85% of global gross national product, 80% of world trade (including EU intra-trade) and two-thirds of the world population.
Andreas Schmidt's book "G20" presents within two distinct chapters a detailed record of sections of the wall surrounding the Bank of England.
Photographed by Schmidt on 03.04.2009 after protesters had left their mark and on 18.04.2009 when the graffiti had been cleaned up by the authorities, the photographs in the book document the brief history of dissent and the subsequent moment of excessive annihilation.
Limited to 100 copies.
G20 is the perfect accompaniment to Andreas Schmidt's book 'The City' (2009), published by German photography book publisher Hatje Cantz.
"knowingly at the opposite end of attractive publishing" Elisabeth Tonnard / artist "a prolific self-publisher exploring the very nature of books and magazines" Christopher Clary / artist "It's such a bold yet brilliant idea" Mishka Henner / artist "What a laugh!" Martin Parr / photographer / curator / supreme book collector "I'm appalled that you did this" Judy Natal / photographer "One more time you do a very clever job" Rémi Coignet / Le Monde "Andreas Schmidt brilliantly debunks the notion that expensive equals quality" Jonathan Lewis / artist "Andreas Schmidt takes the concept of the book and shakes it like a rag doll...until its head comes off. He finds truth in extremes." Jean Keller / artist "Schmidt is a master of the unexpected twist" Hatje Cantz Publishers "a superb collaborative photobook work" Harvey Benge / photographer "I'll track down your books" Alec Soth / photographer "a pleasingly disruptive photobook maker" Marc Feustel / Eyecurious