Very large format, oversized even, always difficult to handle and none of the panel seemed to like that aspect of it – but at least here it’s not out of place, given that the book’s about newspapers.
This was another work that raised many questions and prompted many remarks. One panel member wondered why it had been decided to show only the censored images and not the newspapers they were in. Every now and then there is something to be seen of the rest of the paper, and to another member this was nicely subtle.
And that cover, seen purely from the aesthetic angle – isn’t it great? Here we see the blue shapes that the Iranian authorities pasted over what they saw as the sensitive, forbidden parts of photos: much nudity or near-nudity. Incidentally we read in the introduction that this form of censorship, which correspondent Thomas Erdbrink encountered daily in the papers sent to him from the Netherlands, has since been abandoned.