Polaroids of Africa (2002-2010).
Photographs by Viviane Sassen.
36 pp., Color illustrations throughout, 6¼x8".
Sketches is showing Polaroids made in Africa between 2002 and 2010. This book could be an explanation or a introducion to the previous Flamboya book and project but in fact Sketches is a small and magic book on its own, showing the beautiful universe of Viviane Sassens photography. Viviane is normally using the polaroids as sketches and tryouts before taking the final picture, its like not long ago most of the fashion and advertisment photographers did. But In the book it seems like that the polaroids start to live their own life, capturing the raw energy of a spontaneously staged street scene, building together a new photobook that becomes a piece of its own. The design of the book is by Sybren Kuiper, a dutch designer who did many interesting books for Cuny Janssen, Niels Stomps o Rob Hornstra.The reproduction of Polaroid piles on a white page suggests the 3 dimensional feeling of a real Polaroid but threw the simple stamped cardboard cover and the binding with stitched black thread this publication never gets over designed but just incredibly balanced.
Read Sarah Bradley's photo-eye Blog post on Sketches here.
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