Mattie Boom and Hans Rooseboom

  • PHOTOBOOK AWARDS 2017: THE Laureates

    The Photography catalogue of the year prize

  • Nominés Prix du Livre

    Mattie Boom and Hans Rooseboom
    New Realities: Photography in the 19th Century
    Amsterdam, 2017
    Designed by Irma Boom Office (Irma Boom/Tariq Heijboer)

    In many ways, this book is the classic collection catalogue: a survey of more than four hundred prints, objects, and early photobooks drawn from the Rijksmuseum’s photographic holdings from the nineteenth century. In the hands of rock-star designer Irma Boom, a potentially fusty topic is made enticingly new—a seductive container for a series of arguments convincingly made by the museum’s curators and other contributors about the material’s richness and endless potential for rediscovery. The book opens (including its cover) and closes with suites of stunning, full-bleed reproductions of blueprint photograms from Anna Atkins’s Photographs of British Algae. This sets the stage for one surprising selection after another—images drawn from the social and applied history of the medium as well as from the purely art historical. “New Realities is a gorgeous and engaging primer on the possibilities of photographic vision,” concludes Martin. “It makes a strong, seductive argument for the expansion of our views of photography’s past.”

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