The fourth title in our “Parr/Nazraeli Edition of Ten” (titles 1 through 3 shown left), Raimond Wouda’s School shows groups of pupils at numerous secondary schools in the Netherlands. Rather than depicting classrooms, Wouda chose to photograph the places where students relax between classes, placing his large-format camera high on a ladder and triggering the shutter from the ground via remote control to capture specific moments. According to Wouda, the current debates about substance and behaviour in secondary schools have gone unnoticed by the students themselves, for whom school is a relatively safe place in which to meet and interact with their friends, and to discover their own identity.
The book is set up in a repetitious way, to stress a sense of similarity, endlessness and interchangeability. The images are re-expressions of each other, and so are the texts.
“It’s so rare that a book has a conceptual structure like this with the result being so genuinely affecting.” Charles Gute
The Hans Brinker Budget Hotel, Amsterdam.
The reason for all the fuss? Honesty. By daring to tell the truth and describe the hotel as the rat-infested dive it is, the campaign connected with its target market: young, cynical, media-savvy backpackers. Since launching the campaign, the hotel''s dormitories are rarely empty, not bad for a place that doesn''t even guarantee toilet paper. This frank and often humorous collection of the hotel''s advertising celebrates everything that''s good about a very bad hotel and proves that innovative, successful marketing requires neither a jaw-dropping budget nor a sugarcoated version of the truth
In I Have A Room With Everything traces of intense consciousness overlap reality and trigger Bonajo’s, as well as the viewer’s, imagination. “Photography for me is never intended to gain the upper hand,” says Bonajo, “but a way of sculpting mental life.” For Bonajo, taking the photograph is almost like a ritual, a supreme momentum in which there is an extended awareness of the different layers and meanings of reality.
The book also includes a poster and entertaining interviews, conducted by Bonajo, with her father, mother, grandfather, and several of her friends.
The photographs were made between 1997 and 2008 in Sarajevo, Hiroshima & Nagasaki, Berlin, Bitterfeld-Wolfen, Ronneburg, Bikini Atoll, My Lai & Khe San and Chernobyl. The monumental design is by Irma Boom and the high-quality printing is by 1455 Fine Art Printers, Hasselt.