Capturing Darkness and Horizons
On Sunday, the Leipzig Art Book Fair was coming to an end. As one of the largest book fairs in Germany formerly established in the 17th century, this event annually turns Leipzig into a hotspot for book lovers. Since over 50 years, the manifold program of the fair includes the competition “Best Book Design from all over the world”, with an independent international jury selecting fourteen out of 700 books from more than 30 countries. A total of 14 awards are placed at the jury’s disposal and we have selected two books with an outstanding design that we would like to present to you today. Both publications display works by Dutch photographers that have found their very own artistic language.
Sequester by Awoiska Van Der Molen, FW:Books
The first acclaimed book gathers works by Dutch photographer Awoiska Van Der Molen, displaying darkness and silence. Yet these images actively speak to the viewer, revealing striking and monumental structures: plants, mountains and vast landscapes. Van Der Molen’s practice inverts the principle of photography that relies on capturing light and concentrates on the power and beauty of shapes that emerge in darkness. The photographs included in Sequester were taken on the Canary Islands with long-exposure shots and subsequently printed on old-fashioned silver gelatin paper. The publication is visually striking and aesthetically designed – without any words.
New Horizons by Bruno van der Elshout, The Eriskay Connection
Within times of financial crisis and instability, people seem to seek stable structures. For artist Bruno van der Elshout, this stability can be found in the horizon. On New Years Eve 2011, he set up a camera-machine on the roof of a beach hotel in The Hague that captured the horizon of the North Sea for one year, every hour by day and night. What resulted from his endeavours to appreciate endurance and tranquility in our accelerated world, is a major art project with various exhibitions and beach expeditions. The book New Horizons brings this work together – and yet again words become obsolete. This publication on 212 pages featuring 500 pictures invites the reader on a journey to one’s own horizon.