U bevindt zich hier

Book coverU bevindt zich hier
Book coverU bevindt zich hier
Book coverU bevindt zich hier
Book coverU bevindt zich hier

The assignment was simply: the 24-hour economy. For Document Nederland – the prestigious series by Rijksmuseum Amsterdam which since 1975 has commissioned a Dutch photographer to depict a topic of contemporary social interest – Martijn van de Griendt photographed a society in which we are always ‘on’. A world of selfies and likes, Happinez festivals and Fashion weeks. Van de Griendt’s gritty street photography is shown on bled-off pages, which also given their large format draws us nicely ‘into the picture’: in your face, which is exactly what this photography wants to be. The semi-gloss coated paper is an excellent choice for this, contrasting pleasantly with the uncoated paper of the text sections, which are interspersed like layers of fat throughout the book. The captions are given a section of their own at the back, which always works well (‘[25] Father and son weekend at Scoutingclub St. Radboud in Santpoort’). Small texts are scattered across the dust jacket and the four grey cardboard pages of the stitched-in cover: quotes, blurb, title words, author, credits. The title’s ‘hier’ (‘here’) is placed on the spine, creating an effective play on being at the same time ‘here’ and ‘there’: being present at a festival but in fact mainly on Instagram; being on holiday but at the same time on Facebook. The photos are ‘not loaded’ on the dust jacket: grey rectangles with numbers corresponding to images in the book. Intelligently made, well thought-out and superbly executed.

Edition: 2019
Date of publication: October 2019
Author: Martijn van de Griendt, Arnon Grunberg, Marcel van Roosmalen, Marieke Lucas Rijneveld, Joris van Casteren, Connie Palmen
Language: Dutch
Final editor: Wanda Gloude, Stef Verhoeven
Image editor: Eva van der Schans, Martijn van de Griendt
Photographer: Martijn van de Griendt
Artist: Martijn van de Griendt
Publisher: Martijn van de Griendt i.s.m. Gloude Publishing, Haarlem
Available through: Bookshop, webshop
Graphic designer: Inedition (Eva van der Schans) (Haarlem)
Lithographer: Wilco Art Books (Mariska Bijl), Amsterdam
Printer: Wilco Art Books, Amersfoort
Binder: Patist, Bilthoven
Size book block (w x h x d in mm): 240 x 320 x 115
Number of pages: 168 (2 x 4 voor en 2 x 4 achter plus stofomlag)
Print run: 1,000
Price: € 34.99
ISBN: 978 94 93041 189
Font and foundry: Agipo (RP Digital Type Foundry), Neue Helvetica (Linotype)
Binding style: Sewn softcover with front and back cover of four pages sewn in, the dust jacket is folded over the transparently glued-off spine.
Paper for interior (grammage): 130gsm Magno Satin, 90gsm Munken Pure Rough, Sappi, Antalis | Arctic Paper
Material cover (grammage): 320gsm Parelgrijs Karton, Koninklijke Moorman Karton