Arno Nollen

Book coverArno Nollen
Book coverArno Nollen
Book coverArno Nollen
Book coverArno Nollen

A square board-covered little book containing an intriguing sequence of images by photographer Arno Nollen. Apart from his name and a few publishing details there is no text. It is a business gift from a legal practice: be happy if you’re on their mailing list.


The highly appropriate binding style is flatbook, a form of binding most commonly used in board books for toddlers. The pages are printed on one side only and pasting them seamlessly onto each other means that each spread carries on through the heart. We see pictures of a large-eyed young woman. Any movement of the book makes the model’s expression appear to change. At the front there is a fold-out sheet with a large-format photo of the woman.

The panel found the standard of technical production impressively high across the board. Sophisticated, too: at the open spine the pages have been given a line of red ink which was immediately broken when the page was folded, so that the tiny spine is embellished with an ecru/red tint. Given the high standard of production it seems clear that this effect is intentional. ‘A gem of an artist’s book.’

Edition: 2013
Language: English
Publisher: Slangen Advocaten, Amsterdam
Graphic designer: Willy Claussen (design), robstolk, Amsterdam (page make-up)
Lithographer: robstolk, Amsterdam
Printer: robstolk, Amsterdam
Binder: Buchbinderei Burkhardt, Mönchaltorf (CH)
Size book block (w x h x d in mm): 131 x 140 x 15
Number of pages: 34 p.
Print run: 270
Price: € not for sale
ISBN: none
Font and foundry: Helvetica
Binding style: cold glued flat book, grey folded sheet glued to board, outside of folder foil-blocked by Verhil Foliedruk, Amsterdam
Material: 175gsm Mohawk Superfine Eggshell Ultrawhite (interior), 135gsm Colorplan Dark Grey (binding, folded sheet screen-printed by Krijger Zeefdruk, Amsterdam)