‘Amsterdam-based graphic designer Michaël Snitker has created a beautiful book with photographer Sanne Peper called All Dressed Up — No Place to Go. It’s an exploration of the dialoque between the different sides of Peper’s work: on the one hand she is a theatre photographer, documenting the action of a play; and on the other she is a landscape photographer, creating images of the metropolis. Thus the book falls into two sections and can be read front-to-back or back-to-front. A middle section is delineated by two different paper stocks – a fluor-pink and a textured, semi-transparant stock patterned with a spider’s-web design. The theatre work featured is based around a performance of a play called MedEia, based on the ancient Greek myth of Medea. Parallels are drawn between the character Medea, whose story sees her caught in a series of tragic twist of fate, and the photographer as an outsider, observing het subject from the darkness of the theatre. The book also creates a narrative around the countdown towards inevitable doom explored in the play and the tensions this creates.
‘it’s about highly strung expectations versus the limitations of everyday reality – the individual person versus the invisible but powerful mass’, says Snitker. Despite being very finely crafted, the publication has a fittingly ephemeral feel, printed on nine different, very lightweight paper stocks. The typeface used are the recently designed sans-serif Galaxie Polaris (‘because of the nicely designed numbers’, says Snitker) and the serif typeface Utopia, designed by Robert Slimbach in 1989.
Grafik. Magazine 142, London
This publication was made possible thanks to the financial support of the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture.
Awarded with the Best Dutch Book Designs 2006
‘Geen genoegen met een rol aan de zijlijn’
120 pages | 210 × 280 mm | Dutch, English
International Theatre & Film Books in collaboration with Dood Paard Theatre Collective, 2006
Typefaces: Village Galaxie Polaris and Linotype Utopia
Papers: Colorado Grey 70 gsm, Butterfly grey 80 gsm, Hello Gloss 90 gsm, Milo 60 gsm, Reviva Color Cyclamen 130 gsm, Aco 52 gsm, Royal Print 70 gsm, Pergamijn with spider-web embossing 40 gsm, Reviva Offset 70 gsm, Butterfly Grey 80gsm (cover) and Buchbox Z (envelope printed letterpress by Bruno Cauwe, Schiedam)
Printer: Raddraaier, Amsterdam
Binder: Patist, Den Dolder
Binding style: stapled soft cover using white and black staples