Press release | Amsterdam, 13 maart 2013
Foam launches Books &Foam
28 March - 16 June 2013
At the end of March, &Foam - Foam's shop annex project space
in the Vijzelstraat - will acquire a photo book theme for the next
two months. Both Dutch photography and work by Dutch graphic
designers have a good international reputation - so it's no
surprise that many of the world's best photography books come from
the Netherlands. Books &Foam will be placing a large
selection of these books in the spotlight with special
presentations to shed light on the design process, with
installations, book signing sessions and an exceptional selection
of the best recent international photo books. A variety of special
events will be held in &Foam up until the end of May for
Books &Foam, such as the world premiere of the
WAITS/CORBIJN '77 - '11 book on 5 May (Anton
Corbijn will be present to sign the book), the launch of the 'Dummy
Issue' of Foam Magazine and an extraordinary evening on 18 May as
part of the Das Magazin Festival.
The realisation of a photo book
Visitors will gain insight into the design process of six photo
books. Showing the first ideas and sketches, email correspondence
between photographer and designer, dummies and test prints provide
an associative view into the design process. The six publications
are extremely diverse and range from the first book by Rinko
Kawauchi & Hans Gremmen, and the latest publication by Johannes
Schwartz & Experimental Jetset, to the new book by Marnix
Goossens, designed by Remco van Bladel.
In addition, Foam Magazine will be bringing out a 'Dummy Issue' of
its magazine with the same theme: so-called dummy publications.
Photographers and graphic designers have created a physical design
for their unpublished photo books, and eight of these models will
also actually be produced. The final eight individual dummies will
be presented in a specially designed box, a true collector's item.
This dummy issue of Foam Magazine will be launched during the
opening of Books &Foam.
Foam has invited eight Dutch and international experts from the
world of photography to provide a 'curated bookshelf', containing
their choices for the five best photo books of 2012. Martin Parr
and Alec Soth are two of the eight experts who have contributed to
this fascinating selection on the curated bookshelf. The books from
this selection are available for sale at &Foam.
A variety of photographic projects and/or works will be presented
in the Books &Foam space, all having to do with the world of
books. Work by young talents such as Peter Puklus and Sara Cwynar
will be placed here, as well as work by well-established names.
Erik Kessels and Paul Kooiker present a completely unique vision of
the photo book in the form of an exceptional display, titled
Terribly Awesome Photobooks. Joerg Colberg, known for the well-read
photography blog Conscientious, shows a projection in which he
discusses photo books and The One Minutes present a new themed
selection of one-minute videos about books.
New books on offer
The shop offerings at &Foam will comprise the best recent
photo books: from special limited editions to whimsical books for a
modest budget, including books published by MACK and Dashwood
Books. Also on offer is the unique series of seven monographs of
new or previously unpublished work by artists such as Robert
Maplethorpe, Nikolay Bakharev and Motoyuki Daifu. And it's not only
in these books that work by well-known photographers can be found -
Foam Magazine publishes work by both well-known and emerging
photographers too. Also the
publication Country of the Rising Sun by Shinji Otani,
winner of the first Unpublished Dummy Award 2012, will be
launched. There's plenty of choice at
&Foam for every lover of photography, book fan or anyone
interested in graphic design.
5 May: world premiere of book by Anton Corbijn and Tom
On May 5th, WAITS/CORBIJN '77 -'11, a new
book by Anton Corbijn and Tom Waits will be presented for the first
time at &FOAM . To celebrate the release of this collaborative
work, Anton Corbijn will be present to sign copies of the limited
edition photo book ahead of its May 8th worldwide release. There
will be an exhibition of unique material on display; giving an
insight into the book's creative process and how this collaboration
came to fruition. As well as this, music of Tom Waits will be
performed by Orkater / The Sadists.
Books &Foam partners
With thanks to Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, Eizo, Epitaph,
Hogeschool van Amsterdam, Igepa, Lex Lijstenmakerij, Oschatz
Visuelle Medien, Photoeye, Schirmer-Mosel, SMEL, Sony, The One
Minutes, Vandejong and X+L.
Note to editors: For information and
visual material of Film &Foam please contact the communications
department, e-mail foam[at]foam.org or phone +31 (0)20
Foam is sponsored by the BankGiro Loterij, De Brauw Blackstone
Westbroek, Delta Lloyd and the VandenEnde Foundation.
1017 HL Amsterdam
Opening hours &Foam
Mo, Tue. Closed
Fr - Su 12.00 - 18.00