Europe, Greece, Athens, Acropolis by Thobias Fäldt and Klara Källström, recommended by Erik Kessels

I recently purchased the book ‘Europe, Greece, Athens, Acropolis’ photographed by Thobias Fäldt and Klara Källström. The book is self-published by their own publishing joint called B-B-B books. Fäldt and Källström went in October 2011 on the day of the general strikes to the Syntagma Square in Athens. While this strike was going on they went to the Acropolis, a touristic venue where normally probably as many people on a daily basis are present as during the strike at that moment. The book is filled with close-up images of stone structures of the Acropolis and shows only at the end two images of the strike both taken on the 18th and 19th of October. The book is printed on super glossy papers that lift the photographs and exaggerate the monumental quality. Two subjects that have in principle nothing to do with each other, but by documenting them on the same day, they create a certain tension. Fäldt and Källström are looking for this tension within journalistic subjects and limit themselves to do this in a certain time span. We can see this also in their publication Wikiland and A Beach. Their books are beautifully designed by Sweden based 1-2-3 designers. All together a fresh look on journalistic subjects that are often shown in exactly the same way. Hooray…

Erik Kessels (1966) is a founding partner and Creative Director of KesselsKramer, an independent international communications agency located in Amsterdam, London and LA. Kessels works for national and international clients and has won numerous awards. He published several books of vernacular photography through KesselsKramer Publishing –including the in almost every picture series. Since 2000, he has been one of the editors of the alternative photography magazine Useful Photography.

Europe, Greece, Athens, Acropolis by Thobias Fäldt and Klara Källström is published by B-B-B-Books