Aglaia Konrad – Carrara

Unlike Hans Bol (in Paradise City, one of this year’s Best Dutch Book Designs), Aglaia Konrad presents her Carrara photographs not as separate, beautiful, independent images, but in a rugged dynamic. Each is set straight up against its neighbour, sometimes forming a strip that continues on the next page.

The result is a filmically fragmentary ‘narrative’ and a splintering of the visual continuity caused by sometimes showing us different perspectives at the same time. Sometimes they are even the same photos but displayed in a different light. The spectator finds himself constantly caught off guard, always being challenged to re-experience the places depicted. The book as a whole takes on the character of a drama of light and shade, with colour pages occasionally breaking the rhythm. Its design forces us to look carefully and take a more active part in it.

The cover consists of a colour photo with black foil-printed in a separate coarse-screened pass over the cloth-structured laminate.

Edition: 2011
Language: English
Publisher / commissioner: Roma publications, Amsterdam
Designer: Roger Willems
Lithographer: Colour & Books, Apeldoorn
Printer: KDR | Marcom, Zaandam
Binder: Callenbach boekbinders Van Wijk De Ruiter, Nijkerk
Dimensions: 215 x 290 x 13
Amount of pages: 138 p.
Number of copies: 950
Price: € 26
ISBN: 978 90 77459 66 9
Font and foundry: Courier New, emboldened by designer
Binding style: sewn soft cover
Material: 130gsm Lessebo Design Smooth 1.2, 170gsm Go! Gloss (interior), 130gsm Lessebo Design Smooth 1.2 (endpapers), 280gsm Invercote G, offset printed in magenta, cyan and yellow, foil printed in black in a coarse screen (cover)