Taco Anema – A Hundred Dutch Households 2002-2009

Book coverTaco Anema – A Hundred Dutch Households 2002-2009
Book coverTaco Anema – A Hundred Dutch Households 2002-2009
Book coverTaco Anema – A Hundred Dutch Households 2002-2009
Book coverTaco Anema – A Hundred Dutch Households 2002-2009

‘I don’t have that many deep thoughts; most of the time I just muddle along,’ photographer Taco Anema once said in a radio interview. In this seemingly nonchalant fashion he recorded the lives of a hundred households or families, making portraits of people living together in one house. In like manner, designers Karin van den Brandt and Alex Clay, who together are Lesley Moore, did little more than present these photos in alphabetical order, providing them with a short quotation by way of elucidation and introduction. So it is that Anema’s sympathetic project has been given a book of great simplicity and lack of pretension. The photographs are supported by a brief introduction, a short essay and a series of statistics. From the statistics, which not every member of the panel considered an interesting addition, it seems that numbers of families and marriages have fallen, while the photos show that the composition of households has also changed. Even so, it is all very Dutch and recognizable.

The cover failed to meet with universal approbation, but the project and the way in which it is presented did.

Edition: 2009
Language: English, Dutch
Publisher / commissioner: De Verbeelding, Amsterdam
Designer: Lesley Moore
Lithographer: NerocʼVGM, Amsterdam
Printer: Lenoirschuring, Amstelveen
Binder: Hexspoor, Boxtel
Dimensions: 160 x 225 x 10
Amount of pages: 144 p.
Number of copies: 950
Price: € 24.50
ISBN: 978 90 78909 15 6
Font and foundry: Futura, Prestige Elite
Binding style: sewn Otabind
Material: 120gsm Amber Graphic, 52gsm Aco (interior), 300gsm Amber Graphic (cover)