The Living Mountain

Book coverThe Living Mountain
Book coverThe Living Mountain
Book coverThe Living Mountain
Book coverThe Living Mountain

The entire jury fell as one for this extremely successful celebration of experimental printing. Because – even if it doesn’t look like it now – it is taking quite a risk to approach a production in such a way that each individual copy gives the feeling of having a unique book in your hands, rather than one offset printed and therefore part of an print-run.

Printing the black-and-white photos in full colour and opaque white on the grey side of Starline Greyboard almost transforms them into paintings that enter into a lively harmony with the more traditional print on the other side. The opaque white on the grey side creates a marvellous contrast, making the snow in some of the photos even more intense. The dazzling effect of the reflections of light in a snowy landscape is reinforced by the interaction with the white side of this paper. A graphical device that not only does justice to the photography, but is also a visual tour de force showing just what can be achieved with printing techniques in a photo book. Highly innovative, in all its simplicity.

The title is on the back cover, with a photograph taking up the front. If you hold the book – really more of a quire – in your hand and leaf from back to front, this actually works in the traditional sense.

This is a perfect example of a successful cooperation between all parties. Made all the richer by the fact that a composer has written a piece of music specially for this publication. This composition is given a grey, woolly background in the interior by a full page in black being printed on the reverse of the IBO One paper. This is somewhat reminiscent of the trick of placing a black sheet behind a page to be scanned to stop undesired opacity. In this case, the reverse effect is achieved: the cloudy mix of paper texture and ink that shines through is a glorious addition to the rest of the visual idiom. Again, a book the glories of which cannot be translated into a digital form.

Edition: 2020
Date of publication: April 2020
Author: Awoiska van der Molen
Language: English
Image editor: Awoiska van der Molen, Hans Gremmen, Thomas Larcher
Photographer: Awoiska van der Molen
Publisher: Fw:Books, Amsterdam
Available through: Bookshop, webshop
Graphic designer: Hans Gremmen (Amsterdam)
Lithographer: Harold Strak, Wilco Art Books (Mariska Bijl), Amsterdam, Amersfoort
Printer: Wilco Art Books, Amersfoort
Binder: Patist, Den Dolder
Size book block (w x h x d in mm): 239 x 290 x 5
Number of pages: 48
Print run: 2500
Price: € 30
ISBN: 9789490119881
Font and foundry: Larish Neue (RP Digital Type Foundry)
Binding style: Centre stitching
Paper for interior (grammage): 250gsm Starline Greyback, 60gsm IBO One, Igepa
Material cover (grammage): 250gsm Starline Greyback, Igepa
Special features: Interior consists of partly cross-folded printing sheets, two printing sheets forming one section; photos on the grey side of Starline Greyback are initially printed in diapositive in 1x opaque white, then printed in positive in CMYK. Photos on the white side of Starline Greyback are printed in positive in CMYK; cahier sewn with black thread. Printing: LED-UV