A photographic documentation covering ten years of architecture and landscapes in the Val Bregaglia is presented in a modest photo book that makes a pleasant change from the typically weighty coffee-table tome. Each of the image pages is regularly arranged and filled with two, four, eight or nine images, depending on the size and format, always on the right. The composition of the pages revolves around repeated image motifs and colour. The pages were arranged manually on paper and scanned directly. Inserted between them are individual sheets, each featuring full-bleed images of enamelled copper plates on the front and back that were also scanned in directly and harmonise with the adjacent pictures in terms of colour. Without captions and comments, the two image levels appear slightly mysterious, and the same applies to a short poetic text extending on a single line over a number of pages at the end, as well as the dark, full-bleed title photograph of a clay jug. The artistic work is given a graphic packaging that encompasses every aspect, including format, paper, image reproduction and typography, making a strong statement.

Katalin Deér, St.Gallen
PIN –Samuel Bänziger, Rosario Florio, Larissa Kasper, St.Gallen
DZA Druckerei zu Altenburg GmbH, Altenburg (DE)
Jungle Books, St.Gallen