As a guest curator at the Nederlands Fotomuseum, Willem van Zoetendaal made a selection from its photo archives for the exhibition Springvloed / Spring Tide. He limited himself to portraits of women and still lifes taken indoors and in their natural setting. The photographs are shown in their entirety, not trimmed, even where it was the photographer’s intention ultimately to enlarge the required part of the exposure to fit a frame. In that context the cover picture for this book, which was issued to accompany the exhibition, is a brilliant choice.


The selection we see here is a festive parade not just of visual rhyme or graphic matching but also of photographers. The image on each recto comes from the same photographer as that on the next following verso. Arranging the photos this way provides easy justification for using the Japanese style of binding: this way the photographer too is framed by the same sheet of white paper.

The respect and rhythm with which the images are handled are a little difficult to reconcile with the occasionally inconsistent typography. As the panel saw it, there were just a few too many different text styles and needless tiny black rules. The use of orange, too, was found somewhat baffling, even a little dated. But what a wonderful choice of cover material, Stucco Old Mill, which feels so much more agreeable than sulphate board. It was the quality of the printing combined with the binding and picture concept that swung the deal. A nice example of a good and carefully published museum exhibition catalogue.

Author Willem van Zoetendaal

Year 2017

Language English, Dutch, translated by Karen Gamester

Edited by Celine van Kleef

Publisher Van Zoetendaal Publishers, Amsterdam

Designer Willem van Zoetendaal

Prepress Harold Strak, Amsterdam

Printer robstolk, Amsterdam

Binder Patist, Den Dolder

Size 170 x 230 x 12

Number of pages 106 p.

Print run 850

Price € 29.99

ISBN 978 90 72532 35 0

Font Meta (FontFont)

Binding style unsewn Patabind with flaps, bound in Japanese style

Material 100gsm Lessebo Design Smooth 1.2 Natural (Igepa) (interior), 210gsm Stucco Old Mill Gesso (Fedrigoni) (cover)