Photobooks of 2017: Eva-Maria Kunz
How do I buy books? There are those that matter, those that are simply gorgeous, those that the world probably wouldn’t miss but I for sure would. There are books that I don’t need to mention because I know they will be on others’ lists, like Jim Mortram’s very necessary Small Town Inertia or Colin Pantall’s gorgeous All Quiet on the Home Front. To mention just two. Ok, so I mentioned them anyway 🙂
If I could pick only one, it would be with no doubt Miki Hasegawa‘s Internal Notebook, it has it all: a very respectful treatment of the important subject matter of child abuse, something we need to talk about, it is well researched and shot, and the book design integrates perfectly all the different elements.
Igor Posner’s Past Perfect Continuous feeds my need of plein immersion into photography without needing any explanation. As a book object it is very classic and straightforward, no frills. Hunter Grill by Alexandre Christiaens on the other hand, while fulfilling the same purpose as Posner’s book, has a much more complex design, that also satisfies the handy/crafty woman that is in me. Full disclosure: I still haven’t read the texts, I want to stay in my own bubbles when looking at the pictures.
Last but not least, After the Firebird by Ekaterina Vasilyeva. Because it is delicate, close, intimate, fragile, weird and beautiful, in some ways it resembles Pantall’s, even though it is completely different.
All this is a very personal take on books I had the pleasure of discovering this year. In no way it can be complete. But these titles have provoked a gut reaction. And that is how I usually am drawn also to the projects we publish with ceiba editions, where I am one of the co-founders and the artistic director.
Images: top, Miki Hasegawa – Internal Notebook, below, Igor Posner – Past Perfect Continuous, Henk Wildschut – Ville de Calais