More than 450 polaroids by Paul Kooiker are arranged in spreads that communicate a kind of rhythmic melody, one which consists of images of funerals, churches, cityscapes, fountains and numerous pin-ups and nudes.
About the Artist:
Paul Kooiker was born in Rotterdam in 1964. He attended Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam and Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten in The Hague. He has published thirteen monographs, including his most recent publication Nude Animal Cigar (Art Paper Editions, 2014). He has had solo shows at FOAM, Amsterdam; Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Galerie Van Zoetendaal, Amsterdam; and James Cohan Gallery, New York, among others. Opening in October 2014, Kooiker will be the subject of a major solo exhibition titled Nude Animal Cigar at the Fotomuseum in The Hague. Kooiker’s work has been exhibited in group shows internationally, most recently inDutch Photography: The Space Between Us, at the He Xiangning Art Museum in Shenzhen, China. His photographs are found in permanent collections at the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Gemeentemuseum, The Hague; Fries Museum, Leeuwarden; Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amsterdam; De Nederlandsche Bank, Amsterdam; and H+F collection, The Netherlands, among others. Kooiker was awarded the A. Roland Holst Award in 2009 and the Prix-de-Rome Photography in 1996.
About the Publisher:
Willem van Zoetendaal (born The Hague, 1950) is a graphic designer who has been producing photography books since the early nineties. In 1994 he started publishing his own books, first under the name of Basalt (in collaboration with Frido Troost) and then under the name of Van Zoetendaal Publishers.
Van Zoetendaal considers his books as spacious constructions and he has been extremely influential in terms of the selection and montage of the content of the books, enabling a rhythmic melody to be formed in unison with the design.
Van Zoetendaal considers that photography in print must be optimally lithographed and printed so that it ‘becomes a new form of vintage.’ For him, the photo book is an art form in its own right.