Anouk Kruithof: Lang Zal Ze Leven ("happy Birthday To You"). Photographs by Anouk Kruithof. Self-published, The Netherlands, 2011. 83 pp. Tall quarto. SIGNED on rear cover and dated 21.5.2011. Photo-illustrated wrappers. Staple-bound, with original silk ribbon tie. Color and black-and-white reproductions.
Included in Parr/Badger, The Photobook: A History, vol. III. Anouk Kruithof was one of the recipients of a 2012 ICP Infinity Award.
From an interview with Jorg Colberg on Conscientious Extended:
"I really see the book as an art work. I like that you don’t need to show those photographs on the wall, because this project is quite an intimate collaboration between me, my intern and the patients who had their birthdays.
Lang Zal Ze Leven("happy Birthday To You")is the result of Anouk Kruithof's three-month residency at a psychiatric institution. Instead of doing a standard documentary, Kruithof held a birthday party for ten patients, commemorating each event through photographs and words.
"There is a parallel in how I use the medium photography and the book. Both deal with a fixed frame, like a photograph itself as a result of what you frame. A book is a bit like that, you know. It always has pages, it has a beginning and an end.
I love to work within these frames but at the same time I want to escape from them. That’s why I make those more tactile, physical objects where there are pages of different sizes, or they are fold-out pages that come out of the frame of the book. I think in my own photography I also do that."
Fine-; Fragile newsprint production; shows just a bit of wear.