Peter Martens. Few Loving Voices

Book coverPeter Martens. Few Loving Voices
Book coverPeter Martens. Few Loving Voices
Book coverPeter Martens. Few Loving Voices
Book coverPeter Martens. Few Loving Voices

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.

Edition: 2012
Language: English / Dutch
Publisher / commissioner: post editions, Rotterdam
Designer: Jam [d3æm] grafisch ontwerp (John van Leeuwen)
Lithographer: Tienkamp, Groningen
Printer: Tienkamp, Groningen
Binder: Van Waarden, Zaandam
Dimensions: 240 x 288 x 20
Amount of pages: 240 p.
Number of copies: 1,000
Price: € 45
ISBN: 978 94 6083 046 4 (E) / 978 94 6083 048 8 (D)
Font and foundry: Akzidenz-Grotesk
Binding style: sewn soft cover, cold glued
Material: 100gsm Arcoprint Milk White 1.5 (interior), 300gsm Arcoprint Milk White 1.5 (cover), 100gsm Arcoprint Milk White 1.5 (dust jacket)