Edizioni Punctum – Guy Tillim’s Roma, Citta di Mezzo
While I was researching Guy Tillim’s 2009 Roma, Citta di Mezzo, published by Edizioni Punctum, I came across a really awesome image, above, that was posted on photo-eye that I feel elegantly illustrates the complexity of this gate-fold (Concertina folding) photobook. No mention of the photo credit for who conceptualized this illustration, but I am guessing that it came out of the creative photographic studios of Marco Delogu in Rome.
Yes, if you follow the single white line, you should find that it is one very long, continuous and extensive gatefold, as I tried to vainly illustrate in this earlier post. Truly, a gate-fold to the max.
For those with a roll feed on their inkjet printer, one long continuous gate-fold might not seem like such a big deal. But this photobook was printed on a commercial four-color (minimum) off-set, sheet feed printer and then the sheets (multiple pages per sheet, OR you could say that the book has only two pages, the front and the back of the single gate-fold) were bound seamlessly to create this book. A beautiful testimony to the craftsmanship of both the printer and bindery shops located in Italy (Verona, I believe, as I am traveling right now and will have to confirm when I return to my studio). Even when I knew where to look, it was almost impossible to detect the glue and splicing of this monster gate-fold. Then add in the numerous creasing steps that allow this gate-fold to provide the two-page spreads for each photograph and all of this in commercial quantity, e.g. over 300+ copies. A daunting task even for a hand made artist book of one to ten copies.
This book is already on my short list for innovative and creative photobooks for 2010. Even though it was printed and bound in 2009, I only recently became aware of it this year.
It remains to be seen how durable this gate-fold book will be, but it has held up very well so far in my globe trotting travels the last couple of weeks. Which was the same trip that I tore the belly band of my Hornstra 101 Billionaires, and slightly frayed the corner of Isturbide’s Le Banos de Frida, and the previous trip I ripped the corner of my outer wrap of Goldberg’s Open See. Yes, although I collect photobooks, I also use my photobooks and have only a few qualms about carrying them about with me.
So expect my book review of Tillim’s Roma, Citta di Mezzo (Rome, Media City) in the near future.
Best regards, Douglas