I have a few serious issues when it comes to discipline—or the lack of it. Namely, I just cannot resist stuff I love. I could write about cheese here, but let’s stick to photography.
I live in a tiny studio apartment that I’ve been growing out quickly. Not so much because of the crap that I have been accumulating in the past decade, but books. In general, I have a fairly strict rule: I buy no book without needing it. Need is a tricky concept, however, as for my work many titles can be categorised necessary. Another rule is that a new book can only pass the threshold if there is no second-hand option to choose for. OR, if it’s ridiculously cheap; this could mean pretty much whatever up to 15 Euro.
This week, I bought a Kati Horna book for an article I am working on. Fair enough… But then I walked into Huis Marseille to see their latest show, and I sinned. For those lovely, yet inconsiderate, people working there had Life is Strange on sale: a book I had had on my radar for a while. It’s all about archive imagery. And it was one of the awarded publications amongst The Best Dutch Book Design (Best Verzorgde Boeken) back in 2015. In earlier posts, I shared already that my dream is to work on photo books one day, so collecting the best (and the worst!) examples is sort of a mission of mine. So now you see: I did need this book indeed. [But then again: did I?]
Beyond this constant struggle in my life, the book is everything I could wish for. At the bottom, most of the pages are uncut. The captions are to be found within these hard(er)-to-access pockets, beautifully symbolising the work of the researcher, looking beyond the image. And I am a sucker for symbolism, of course.
This post is not to serve as a review for the book, it’s simply a teaser. In case you are in love with archive images and good design, go get it. It’s a beautiful object. In the meantime, I will go flip through my new Kati Horna book, that has just been delivered, a few more times.