|Vincent van Baar 'My name in 100 colophons'
10 December - 4 February 2017 | LhGWR
In 2006 Graphic designer Vincent van Baar got the splendid opportunity to put his love for books into teaching practice when he was asked to join the team of the photography department of the KABK.
Nowadays, the KABK is known for its vast output of well conceived photo publications which are sold at the graduation show and at book fairs like Unseen, Paris Photo, Offprint London and the like.
“A photo book is photography in the shape of book.”
During their study, Van Baar works with the students on several occasions: in the second year creating a magazine after their field trip abroad. In the third year each individual student makes a publication in the context of an intensive thematic project. In their fourth year many students create a photo publication as part of their graduation.
Now, what happens to these publications, some of which are published in a run of only 2 copies? Luckily Van Baar has collected some over the past 10-odd years. Time to show them and - even more - to document them.
As of December 10th 2016, LhGWR’s project space will contain all 150+ items, half of them in flat display cases. Every week the cabinets will be opened to give visitors the opportunity to turn pages and discuss. Meanwhile KABK students will start to produce flip films of the books - on the spot. These will be published on the Photography Department’s website in the very near future.
“You have to come up with a strong title. A good title creates an extra dimension in relation to your photography. And think of a text. I think most buyers like some reading.”
“Book. Don’t mention the word. It might frighten students. ‘Book’ sounds heavy, complicated and expensive. I’d rather call them: publications.”
Vincent van Baar "My name in 100 colophons"
Opening: 10 December 2016, 15:00 - 17:00 hrs
Exhibition: until 4 February 2017