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Factory Photobooks – Bart Sorgdrager


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“Just when we thought the photobook world had been well and truly examined, along comes this book…” – Martin Parr Massive factory halls, dirty overalls, spinning gears and smoking chimneys: Factory Photobooks is the definitive overview of an extraordinary photobook genre.

Factory photobooks were commissioned by companies that wanted to use them to showcase their quality, innovativeness and progressiveness. The books went out into the world as promotional gifts for clients, investors, local public figures and employees. The ambition to portray the firm in a unique way often led to amazing experiments with book forms, photography and graphic design.

Besides surprising gems, Factory Photobooks covers iconic photobooks such as Vuur aan zee about the Hoogovens in IJmuiden, with photography by Ed van der Elsken, Paul Huf, Ata Kandó and Cas Oorthuys. Acquaint yourself with a new international chapter in the history of the photobook through this selection of more than 175 publications, brought together by expert, photographer and collector Bart Sorgedrager.

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