Paul Kooiker – Sunday

An orange glow pervades this book as if photographer Paul Kooiker’s nudes exist in an unending sunset. They also evoke a strong association with faded Polaroids and pigments suffering the ravages of time. Kooiker’s dumpy bodies are always still lifes, objects in a landscape rather than portraits of people. The reclining female figures are here presented almost in passing as a series of landscape-format illustrations.

The cover has been given a paper wrapper that endows the book with both gloss and tactility. Gallery owner Willem van Zoetendaal – a man who has graphic design running in his veins – always takes enormous care with his photobooks, all the time trying to showcase his photographers’ work in the best possible light. Here the slim and floppy leaf-through book is just the right medium for photographs that might almost have been taken by an amateur in his back garden.

Edition: 2011
Language: English
Publisher / commissioner: Van Zoetendaal Publishers, Amsterdam
Designer: Willem van Zoetendaal
Lithographer: Mart. Spruijt, Amsterdam
Printer: Mart. Spruijt, Amsterdam
Binder: Handboekbinderij Geertsen, Nijmegen
Dimensions: 338 x 230 x 10
Amount of pages: 84 p.
Number of copies: 1,000
Retail price in euros: € 35
ISBN: 978 90 72532 07 7
Font and foundry: Franklin
Binding style: sewn soft cover, American-style dust jacket
Material: 170gsm Tempo Silk (interior), Trucard 0 Matt (cover), 120gsm Peregrina Classics Midas (jacket)