I love and collect handmade artists books, especially photobooks. When I first saw the dummy mock-up of this book during a portfolio review, I told the photographer, Diane Vincent, that, in my admittedly quirky personal opinion, it was absolutely perfect — the graphic images, the edit, the sequence, the design, the paper, the hand-stitched binding.
For some reason, these contrasty, graphic black-and-white photographs of rooftops in Berlin spoke to me, took me to those isolated places with wide open views, and made me feel ... happy. The style and subject matter of the photographs reminded me of one of my favorite movies, Wim Wenders' "Wings of Desire", which was also filmed in Berlin.
So I was especially delighted to learn that Diane decided to self-publish a limited edition of the book exactly as she had shown me a few months earlier. I was one of the first people to get a copy, and I really love it. I'm hard-pressed to say why it resonates so strongly with me, but it does.
This is what Diane says about the book and her project:
"For several years I climbed numerous rooftops to make pictures, over and over again. For a long time I didn't know exactly why; I simply felt attached to these strange, unknown and obscure places. I explored my city from a different angle and I photographed architectural situations up there being fascinated by the vastness and expanse as well as its limitation by moments of blocked sights. Eventually I realized that I had compiled a personal map - an imaginary walk in another dimension. "
— Jim Casper
By Diane Vincent
: : containing twenty-one black/white images on 48 pages and one poem
: : each copy is saddle stitched, hand bound and finished with a hand-drawn map
: : the edition of 250 includes an special edition of 22 copies
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