Erik Kessels , Paul Kooiker
Terribly awesome photobooks


30 x 37 cm, 64 p, ills colour / b&w, newspaper print
ISBN 9789490800093
design: Studio Jurgen Maelfeyt


edition of 1000
November 2012

First edition out of stock

For several years, Paul Kooiker and Erik Kessels have organized evenings for friends in which they share the strangest photo books in their collections. The books shown are rarely available in regular shops, but are picked up in thrift stores and from antiquaries. The group’s fascination for these pictorial non-fiction books comes from the need to find images that exist on the fringe of regular commercial photo books. It’s only in this area that it’s possible to find images with an uncontrived quality. This constant tension makes the books interesting. It’s also worth noting that these tomes all fall within certain categories: the medical, instructional, scientific, sex, humour or propaganda. Paul Kooiker and Erik Kessels have made a selection of their finest books from within this questionable new genre.