Suits vs. Facts & Fiction (Numbered edt of 150)

Katja Stuke,Suits vs. Facts & Fiction (Numbered edt of 150)

Katja Stuke
Suits vs. Facts & Fiction (Numbered edt of 150)

Photographs: Katja Stuke

Publisher: Bohm Kobayshi

106 pages

Year: 2008

Comments: Unbound softcover with bellyband, 19 x 28 cm. Limited edition of 150 copies.

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One of the "Best Photobooks 2009" selected by Lesley A. Martin/Aperture for Photoeye

In a day and age where corporate bail-outs creates the supposition that the wealthy get off with a free pass when the economy collapses, it is understandable that much of the content here has a sinister edge cloaked in elegance.Stuke acts the part of a curator, gathering images from historical and contemporary sources, all of which have the common denominator of being designated as a "type." Images from films like Wall Street and even a Leonard Freed photograph of 1950's business men in Lower Manhattan keep us thinking of the continuous style and image of "business" while modern newspaper photos, blown-up to reveal the offset printed dot patterns seem to point at a darker vision.Suits is an inventive form for a book with 11 x 14 size images folded in half and inserted into one another. The whole assemblage is held together by a vertically running rubber band. This unique binding technique makes it possible to view only half of any image at a time, creating interesting and seemingly random connections between each page. By only presenting half of each photo you may experience seeing only a shoulder of one man on one page while a blown up video still shows an entire figure talking on a cellphone on the facing. Although Katja has assembled the book with thought, it is possible to slip the rubberband off and jumble the pages to create hundreds of possible pairings.Suits: London, Tokyo, Osaka, New York 2007-2008, Facts & Fiction 1929-2008 was published by Bohm Kobayashi Publishers in a very limited edition of only 150 copies. Each copy is numbered and comes with a thick belly/obi band that holds the book closed. (Jeffery Ladd/NY 2009)


Katja Stuke,Suits vs. Facts & Fiction (Numbered edt of 150)

Katja Stuke,Suits vs. Facts & Fiction (Numbered edt of 150)

Katja Stuke,Suits vs. Facts & Fiction (Numbered edt of 150)

Katja Stuke,Suits vs. Facts & Fiction (Numbered edt of 150)

Katja Stuke,Suits vs. Facts & Fiction (Numbered edt of 150)

Katja Stuke,Suits vs. Facts & Fiction (Numbered edt of 150)

Katja Stuke,Suits vs. Facts & Fiction (Numbered edt of 150)

Katja Stuke,Suits vs. Facts & Fiction (Numbered edt of 150)

Katja Stuke,Suits vs. Facts & Fiction (Numbered edt of 150)

Katja Stuke,Suits vs. Facts & Fiction (Numbered edt of 150)

Katja Stuke,Suits vs. Facts & Fiction (Numbered edt of 150)

Katja Stuke,Suits vs. Facts & Fiction (Numbered edt of 150)

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