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Thursday, 31 March 2011


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Great article. My favorite people are articulate craftsmen, even if obsessed, anal and probably a bit mad.
I spent most of a forty year career working in publishing (magazines and books) and, while I am not against progress/evolution, I am more than a bit depressed by current trends in the industry. Glad to see that people like this are still around and hope that there will be more to come.

I pulled down a couple of Steidl books and examined them closely, and I could not for the life of me figure out where or what the "head and tail bands" are. So a little googling turned up this image: http://bit.ly/hljnOf

Turns out that some but not all of my Steidl books have them, and I found them in at least one other publisher — a Thomas Roma book from PowerHouse books...

Now that I know what they are, I'll never be able to NOT look for them!

Great article. Your readers may also enjoy the documentary "How to make a book with Steidl". It has already been shown on TV here in Germany. I'm not sure about its availability elsewhere. There is, however, a trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8McHbjaxpbA.

Yes, indeed, this article coincides perfectly with first-hand observations noted to me by others. Producing the finest anything requires balls-to-the-wall self-sacrificing devotion by somebody. Nowhere is that truer, however, than the production of art books. This ain't Blurb, man.

On this subject, any word on the reprint of Outside Inside?

this reminds me that, although the Bruce Davidson Outside/Inside box may be out of print for a whimsical while, there were two copies at list price at the Bosak Museum. Unfortunately, this is in Brussels, so I am not sure how useful of an information it is.

Gerhard Steidl seems to have a lot in common with Manfred Eicher, of the ECM record label.

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