Rainchild. Photographs and text by Machiel Botman. Schaden.com, Cologne, 2004. Unpaged. Quarto. Limited edition of 26 copies, lettered A-Z (this copy is letter 'Y'). SIGNED and 'lettered' on half title page and dated 2004. Clothbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket and acetate protector. Housed in matching cloth slipcase. Accompanied by silver gelatin print (11 x 9 in; 28 x 23 cm), Art and Jaz, Sydney, 1997 (shown at right). Numerous black-and-white reproductions.
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Heartbeat. Photographs, text and design by Machiel Botman. Volute, Haarlem, the Netherlands, 1994. Unpaged. Tall, thin quarto. Edition of 500 English copies (plus 500 each in French and Dutch). Hardbound. Photo-illustrated boards and endpapers. Black-and-white reproductions.
"Machiel Botman has always been in love with life and photography is part of life, of his life. He has a rare consistency in expressing this love by becoming a most subtle collector of photography books, one of his passions. Then he has traveled, loved, and he continues to do so, and he exhibits his work, which is his way of telling us about it all. He can spend ten years working on the layout of "Rainchild" to give us one of the most beautiful and authentic books of recent years. He can make twenty times over bookdummies of books that will never see the light of day and we can only be grateful when he lets us see them."--Christian Caujolle READ MORE