Useful Photography # 008

Book coverUseful Photography # 008
Book coverUseful Photography # 008
Book coverUseful Photography # 008
Book coverUseful Photography # 008

The eighth issue of Useful Photography, a magazine in A4 format, is stuffed to the brim with garishly coloured stills from the opening scenes of porn movies. Say hello to the Big Sausage pizza delivery boy, the leggy hitch-hiker, the four stiletto-heeled nurses crowded round the bed of the patient with a wigwam under his sheet. Note, too, the shoes worn by the ladies and gentlemen… and you know all you need to know.

At first, the panel – three men and two women – were sceptical.

 

‘Yet another of those Erik Kessels collections.’ ‘A lot of passion has gone into it, but when it comes to finesse it’s a long way below the rest of what we’re looking at.’ Then someone pointed out that some subjects can simply do without extremes of refinement. There are no tasteful breaks here, with the occasional bit of white space: just picture after picture after picture. Not a word of text, of course – and the whole thing so apparently un-designed that there isn’t even a credit for the designer.

This was a book that made the panel cheerful and depressed at the same time. In short, a hardcore Kessels. With cool rainbow glitter on the cover.

Edition: 2008
Language: English
Final editor: Hans Aarsman, Claudie de Cleen, Julian Germain, Erik Kessels, Hans van der Meer
Publisher / commissioner: Kesselskramer Publishing, Amsterdam
Designer: Hans Aarsman, Claudie de Cleen, Julian Germain, Erik Kessels, Hans van der Meer
Lithographer: Gravo Offset, Purmerend
Printer: Gravo Offset, Purmerend
Binder: Afco-Delcour, Nieuwegein
Dimensions: 210 x 297 x 7
Amount of pages: 80 p.
Number of copies: 1,000
Price: € 20
ISBN: 978 90 70478 22 3
Font and foundry: Helvetica
Binding style: sewn soft cover
Material: 170gsm Maine gloss (interior), 350gsm Maine gloss (cover)