Endurance and Suffering.
Narratives of Desease in the 19th Century.
Poems by John Wood. Medical photographs by George Henry Fox and O. G. Mason.
edition GALERIE VEVAIS, 2007. 128 pp., 25 four-color illustrations., 9x12¼".
Edition Galerie Vevais is very proud to present the finest book in the history of the publishing house-a risky, poignant, bold and absolutely modern book, yet one wedded to the humanist tradition: Endurance and Suffering: Narratives of Disease in the 19th Century, by John Wood.
John Wood is the only individual to have twice won the prestigious Poetry Prize of the University of Iowa Press, and among the more than 20 books he has written and/or edited on photographic history and contemporary photographers.
Endurance and Suffering: Narratives of Disease in the 19th Century bring together the two sides of his work—his poetry and his writing on photography. The poems are based on the case studies of 19th century physician George Henry Fox and the medical photographs of Fox's colleague O. G. Mason.
Endurance and Suffering follows the passionate concept of Edition Galerie Vevais to create some of the most beautiful books in the world. Nearly all the books, DVDs and CDs created by this publishing house have won international design awards.
The book is partially printed in letterpress and contains many fine bookbinding details. The design and decoration of Endurance and Suffering follows the original book design by George Henry Fox but utilizes a very modern language. Many classic bookmaking details are combined with the highest quality contemporary techniques of photographic reproduction and printing.
There are four editions of the book:
Handmade edition limited to 30 copies, bound in full leather with clasps, signed, numbered, containing a handwritten page from the original manuscript. With a handmade red acrylic table.
Handmade edition limited to 70 copies, bound in half linen with rexine, signed, numbered, containing a handwritten page from the original manuscript.
Hard cover edition limited to 300 copies.
Soft cover edition
Endurance and Suffering has won the Gold 2009 Deutscher Fotobuchpreis.