Foto Vincent Mentzel

Vincent Mentzel is the Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad’s court photographer, and this book about him is first and foremost a gigantic portrait gallery.

With very few exceptions all the images are in black and white, and this is reflected in the black cover and edges and the white paper. Mentzel’s oeuvre is presented not in chronological order but as a continuous pictorial narrative based on particular motifs. Grouping the photographs by pose, gesture and other forms of graphic match produces a filmic rhythm. The individual is subsumed into a timeless flow of images which has the effect of putting everything into perspective. Formal portraits of Dutch royals, statesmen and celebrities are mixed in with unknowns, groups and snapshots. Politicians, current affairs and far-flung countries appear cheek by jowl with the royal family, musicians and artists.

The panel were full of praise for the way the book has been put together and the precise layout that shines from every spread. And it lies open perfectly.

Edition: 2011
Language: Dutch
Publisher / commissioner: d'jonge Hond, Zwolle
Designer: Irma Boom Office (Irma Boom, Sanne van de Goor)
Lithographer: Èpos Press, Zwolle
Printer: Èpos Press, Zwolle
Binder: Abbringh, Groningen
Dimensions: 213 x 283 x 44
Amount of pages: 432 p.
Number of copies: 6,000 (in three print runs)
Retail price in euros: € 49.50
ISBN: 978 90 891029 3 5
Font and foundry: LL Replica
Binding style: sewn hardback
Material: 120gsm Munken Lynx Rough 1.4 (interior), 170gsm Butterfly, black (endpapers), 120gsm Papvr natural 300 (binding)