The Walter Benjamin and Albert S. Project

Book coverThe Walter Benjamin and Albert S. Project
Book coverThe Walter Benjamin and Albert S. Project
Book coverThe Walter Benjamin and Albert S. Project
Book coverThe Walter Benjamin and Albert S. Project

This delicious paper ‘Oreo biscuit’ contains an uncompromisingly cinematic report. It is not a book to leaf through. Every page has to be read and examined closely in order to gradually descend, with the director, into the past and reach the climax. Frame by frame, page by page, the story unfolds and we are taken on an interesting visual odyssey: a combination of the reflections on the future by Nazi architect Albert Speer and the reminiscences of Jewish philosopher Walter Benjamin in his younger years, with the city of Berlin at their heart. Both the text and the installations depicted (consisting of several scale models) make up integral parts of this work by visual artist Maurice Bogaert. And in spite of the fact that this is a picture book, the text is absolutely essential. A last round of text editing should however have changed the prominently displayed [‘]78 into [’]78, and filtered out a number of unnecessary hyphenations. The printing of both text and images in a hazy silver reinforces the impression of memories being evoked. This also works exceptionally well on the Notturno paper.

We doubt whether the book was bound using cold gluing. The copies received for review had a few blobs on the spine (remnants of glue) and were not exceptional examples of good binding. Fortunately, this was not always the case – nevertheless, it was reason enough to almost exclude the book from the selection.

Edition: 2020
Date of publication: September 2020
Author: Maurice Bogaert
Language: English
Translator: Jason Coburn
Final editor: Eleonoor Jap Sam (final editor), Basje Boer (text editor)
Image editor: Maurice Bogaert, Edwin van Gelder
Photographer: Maurice Bogaert
Artist: Maurice Bogaert
Publisher: Jap Sam Books, Prinsenbeek
Available through: Bookshop, webshop
Graphic designer: Mainstudio (Edwin van Gelder) (Amsterdam)
Lithographer: robstolk® (Alex Feenstra), Amsterdam
Printer: robstolk®, Amsterdam
Binder: Agia, Amsterdam
Size book block (w x h x d in mm): 157 x 229 x 17
Number of pages: 224
Print run: 995
Price: € 30
ISBN: 978-94-92852-24-3
Font and foundry: Bradford Mono LL
Binding style: Unsewn softcover; cold-glued
Paper for interior (grammage): 110gsm Notturno Zwart, 100gsm Munken Print White, Igepa, Antalis
Material cover (grammage): 250gsm Materica Pitch, Fedrigoni
Special features: Interior partly printed on both sides in Pantone 877, partly in 2x black; cover printed in Pantone 877 on one side. Printing: HR-UV