Sunday, June 10, 2012

The Dutch Photobook at Aperture NYC, Wednesday this week

On this coming Wednesday, June 13, at 6.30pm Aperture and the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York are pleased to present The Dutch Photobook, a presentation and reception with Frits Gierstberg. Join Frits Gierstberg, curator of the Netherlands Photomuseum and co-author of The Dutch Photobook, who will discuss the ideas and themes behind the book, including the historically strong collaborations between graphic designers and Dutch photographers.  Learn why certain books were included and others were left out. Frits will be joined by special guests Jacqueline Hassink and Dana Lixenberg, whose work is represented in the book. Following the talk, guests will enjoy a reception and special viewing of a selection of Dutch photobooks. Those in attendance will also receive a complimentary copy of The PhotoBook Review. This event is supported by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York. The Dutch Photobook is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Dutch Photobook can be ordered at Aperture here.

The Dutch photobook is internationally recognized for its innovative and collaborative approach between photographers, printers, and designers. Dutch graphic designers have long worked at the forefront of their discipline, often crossing existing boundaries and exploring new territories—qualities that have become an integral part of contemporary Dutch photobook culture.

The current photobook publishing boom in the Netherlands springs from a long-standing tradition of excellence. This tradition precedes WWII, but the aftermath of the war marked a period of particularly close collaboration between photographers and designers. Their contributions led to such unique photography books as Ed van der Elsken’s Love on the Left Bank (1956) and Chili September by Koen Wessing (1973). Innovations such as the photo novel and the company photobook bloomed in the 1950s and 60s. Later, other genres emerged as part of the publishing landscape, including conceptual and documentary works.

The Dutch Photobook will feature selections from approximately one hundred historic, contemporary, and self-published photobook projects, including landmarks such as Hollandse taferelen by Hans Aarsman (1989), The Table of Power by Jacqueline Hassink (1996), Why Mister Why by Geert van Kesteren (2006), and Empty Bottles by Wassink Lundgren (2007).

Dutch photo historians Frits Gierstberg and Rik Suermondt contribute several texts on the history of the genre, the collaborative efforts between photographers and designers, and their inspiration and influences, to complement the special, high quality reproductions of photobooks. Award-winning designer Joost Grootens contributes unique charts and diagrams that bring all of these elements together, forming a visually unique map of the Dutch photobook.

Frits Gierstberg is the head of exhibitions at the Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam and Extraordinary Professor of Photography at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. An art historian, curator, and critic, he has published numerous books on Dutch and international photography.

Rik Suermondt is a photo historian and member of the Board of the Urban Photography Utrecht (SFU). He is the author of many articles and books, including In Dutch Eyes—A New History of Photography in the Netherlands (2007).

Aperture Gallery and Bookstore
547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor
New York, N.Y. 10001
Tel.: 212-505-5555

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