In the Box.
Photographs by Tom Groves. Text by Kaspar Bennett and Joshua Learner.
Self Published - Bellevue Books, 2013. 92 pp., 44 color illustrations, 9¼x6¾".
‘In the Box’ is a unique and compelling collection of images from the world of Subbuteo, an iconic 80’s/90’s miniature soccer board game. The project, launched in 2010, has taken Tom Groves and his camera across Europe, visiting some of the major tournaments and capturing a series of images with illuminating clarity and humour which brings the sport to life in spectacular fashion.
The photos guide us through the bizarre yet fascinating oddities of a sport that many people thought had died. Included in the book are images of euphoria, passion and dedication as well as quotes from the world’s top players, each providing a personal insight into why Subbuteo means so much to them. The final section of this artist book, printed on a different paper stock pays homage to the childhood game ‘Top Trumps’ and idolises a range of players from the European circuit.
‘In the Box’ is an edition of 1,000 copies and was funded through Kickstarter where nearly 300 copies were pre-ordered earlier in the year. The 11 special editions will feature a signed copy of ‘In the Box’, a hand-painted ‘World All-Star’ Subbuteo figurine, a 'Team Edition' of the Subbuteo game and an editioned pigment print, all of which will be housed in a bespoke clamshell box.
Printed by the world renowned EBS print house in Verona, Italy, the book, designed by Studio Thomas, features a silk screened hardcover which is wrapped in a flocked material, replicating the feel of a Subbuteo pitch.
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