dinsdag 3 juli 2012

Hans Werlemann Rotterdams Kadeboek The Dutch Photobook Photography

WERLEMANN, HANS - Rotterdams Kadeboek

Rotterdam, Uitgeverij 010. 1983, Eerste Druk. (ISBN: 90-6450-003-7). Oorspronkelijk Omslag. Een compleet en aaneengesloten beeld van Rotterdam en haar havens in ruim 500 foto's. Foto's van Hans Werlemann en Alan David-Tu. Oblong, 515 pp.

Hans Werlemannis an architectural photographer closely involved with, among others, Rem Koolhaas and his Office for Metropolitan Architecture. Werlemann is fascinated with the density of the Dutch urban landscape and has published his work widely and lectured on the tension between documentary and art education. 

The Dutch Photobook describes the relatively recent history of the famed Dutch photobook. Editors Rik Suermondt and Frits Gierstberg chose over 120 of the most significant Dutch photobooks and placed them in the context of developments in photography and society.

The post-Second World War Dutch photobook is unique because of the long tradition of graphic designers and photographers working closely together. It is highly prized abroad, and many photobooks have become part of the collections of museums and private collectors. This book shows the immense variety and allure of the Dutch photobook and makes it accessible to a broad audience.
Six chapters, organized both thematically and chronologically, examine company photobooks , photobooks about youth culture, landscape books, city books, travelogues and autonomous photobooks. For each theme, the 20 most noteworthy books are described and represented by gorgeous illustrations of their covers and parts of their contents.
Despite - or perhaps because - the digitization of photography, the traditional medium of the photo book is (still) enormously popular amongst contemporary photographers. They see the book as the ideal form to present their work and to tell their story. The Dutch photo book has built over the years a certain reputation. The close collaboration between graphic designers and photographers determined in the period after 1945 the quality of the Dutch photo books. Gerry Badger wrote: ": ‘One of the most active photobook cultures in the postwar years was Holland, rivalling and perhaps exceeding even France.” 

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