Right away this book felt good; it lies well in the hand and the pages turn over nicely. The matt paper, the quality of printing and binding, the format – they all add up to do full justice to Peter Martens’s photographs.
Inside, we were struck by the intuitive handling of the all-monochrome pictorial matter: the result is a nice rhythm of full-page bleeds and pages with white space, almost always with one photo to a page, occasionally two, sometimes small series, and sometimes independent images unhindered by text. Each decision seems to have been carefully considered: which image will be on which page, how large it will be printed, and with which other photo or photos it will appear on the spread; all without any prescriptive system.
The photographs are followed by the text pages: first some handwritten notes by the photographer, then, in subtle typography, an essay and information about the images.