Aperture Award Photography Catalogue Of the Year 2017:

/ November 14, 2017

Mattie Boom and Hans Rooseboom won the 2017 Photography Catalogue of the Year award for New Realities: Photography in the 19th Century, at the 2017 Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards.

Published by Rijiksmuseum/Nai, Amsterdam, 2017 

Designed by Irma Boom Office (Irma Boom/Tariq Heijboer).

“I appreciate that New Realities takes what might be considered ‘dusty’ material of the nineteenth century and brings new perspectives and fresh design to enliven this classical material. It’s important as an example of how to preserve and capture new interest in the history of photography.”—Nathalie Herschdorfer.
The Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards celebrate the photobook’s contribution to the evolving narrative of photography, with three major categories: First PhotoBook, PhotoBook of the Year, and Photography Catalogue of the Year. 

Offprint Paris

/ October 31, 2017

To celebrate the 8th edition of Offprint Paris, from 9 – 12 November 2017, 140 independent publishers in art, photography and design, from 19 different countries, come together at the Beaux-Arts in Paris.
A program of conferences will be organized, focusing on this year’s theme: technology.


Idea Books will be present, showing titles from publishers such as Seigensha, Sturm & Drang, Perimeter and several sel published books, including titles short-listed for the Aperture Book Award.

We will be cooperating with Librairie Volume.

More information: www.offprint.org


Offprint Paris

9 – 12 November 2017
Thursday 9 November 17:00 – 21:00
Friday 10 November 13:00 – 20:00
Saturday 11 November 11:00 – 19:00
Sunday 12 November 11:00 – 18:00

Beaux-Arts, Paris

14 rue Bonaparte

The Tokyo Art Book Fair

/ October 3, 2017

This autumn marks the hosting of the 9th TOKYO ART BOOK FAIR, an art-centered book and publication festival unfolding within the heart of Tokyo. From its new venue in Tennozu Isle, this year the fair welcomes a diverse 350 different exhibitors – featuring publishers, booksellers, galleries, artists, and more – making their way from both within Japan and across the globe.
Through a wide variety of book-signings, lectures, and other events, this year’s Fair works to portray the allure of the art book by way of a multifaceted approach.
Idea Books will participate in cooperation with POST.


The Tokyo Art Book Fair will be replete with special exhibitions and events - including a special Architecture exhibition showing selected titles from publishers we distribute.


Book signing: 7th of October 2017
3pm - 4pm
With Kahl Editions
Piece of Mind by Artsi Ifrach / Maison ARTC (soon available at Idea Books)



6-7-8 October 2017
Warehouse TERRADA
2-6-10 Higashishinagawa Shinagawa-ku Tokyo

The Aperture PhotoBook Awards 2017 Shortlist

/ September 25, 2017

The Aperture Photobook Awards 2017 Shortlist is now known and we are proud to distribute 6 of them!


Initiated in November 2012 by Aperture Foundation and Paris Photo, the Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards celebrate the photo book’s contribution to the evolving narrative of photography, with three major categories: First PhotoBook, PhotoBook of the Year, and Photography Catalogue of the Year.
A final jury in Paris will select the winners for all three prizes, which will be revealed at Paris Photo on Friday, November 10, 2017.


Shortlist First PhotoBook Award

Albert Elm: What Sort of Life Is This, published by Power Plant
Mary Frey Reading Raymond Carver, published by Peperoni Books

Darren Harvey-Regan The Erratics, published by RVB Books

Shortlist Photography Catalogue of the Year 

Rabith Mroué Diary of a Leap Year, published by Kaph
New Realities: Photography in the 19th Century, published by Rijksmuseum/Nai010 Publishers


PhotoBook of the Year

Henk Wildschut Ville de Calais, self published
(and already received the Arles Author Book Award 2017)

New York Art Book Fair

/ September 7, 2017

Printed Matter presents the 12th annual NY Art Book Fair, from September 22 to 24, 2017, at MoMA PS1, New York.
Free and open to the public, the NY Art Book Fair is the world’s premier event for artists’ books, catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines.
The 2017 NY Art Book Fair will feature over 370 booksellers, antiquarians, artists, institutions and independent publishers from twenty-eight countries.

We will be at U02 showing books from several independent publishers such as Green Box, Artez Press, Peperoni, Occasional Papers, among others, and a lot of self published titles.


Signing sessions @ Idea Books:

Friday September 22nd at 4pm:
Orna Wertman will sign her book The Day The Earth Shakes

Saturday September 23rd, at 3pm:
Mary Frey, Michael Dalton and Tsar Fedorsky will sign their books recently published by Peperoni Books.



September 22-24, 2017


Preview Thursday, September 21, 6-9 pm
Friday, September 22, 1-7pm
Saturday, September 23, 11am-9pm
Sunday, September 24, 11-am-7pm

MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Queens NY

Unseen Amsterdam

/ September 7, 2017

Unseen Amsterdam 2017 presents an event designed to build, nurture and celebrate photographic talent. This year’s festivities includes an array of new programme elements which are dedicated to their ethos of new work and young talent. Unseen Amsterdam includes the Fair, CO-OP, the Book Market, the Living Room, Onsite Projects, the Exhibition and the City Programme. 

At the Book Market, Unseen celebrates the printed and bound counterpart of image-making: photo books. This space gives more than 60 international independent book-makers a platform to present their recent publications to an international audience. 2017 will also mark the sixth year of the Unseen Dummy Award, the award winner is selected by an international jury and will receive a grant to make his or her very first publication.

We will be present, once again cooperating with PhotoQ Bookshop.

Henk Wildschut will be signing Ville De Calais on Friday at 16:00 (TBC)


Unseen Amsterdam

20 - 24 September 2017

Friday: 11:00 - 21:00
Saturday: 11:00 - 20:00
Sunday: 11:00 - 17:00

Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam 


image: DAISY 1, from the series Last Child in the Woods © Melanie Bonajo_AKINCI_selection made by Unseen

Lionel Wendt at Huis Marseille

/ August 10, 2017

Until September 3 you can still visit the exhibition Lionel Wendt/ Ceylon at Huis Marseille (Amsterdam).
There is something special going on with regard to the oeuvre of Ceylonese photographer Lionel Wendt (1900–1944). After a period of relative oblivion, Wendt was rediscovered – or discovered, in fact – worldwide as a unique, individualistic photographer who availed himself of experimental techniques and modern compositions. Wendt’s choice of subjects was eclectic: from sensual and homo-erotic portraits to tropical images of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), and from picturesque scenes to compositions for which he used modernist stylistic devices and experimental techniques. After Wendt’s premature death in 1944 his negatives were destroyed, but the work he left behind lives on. This consists of a collection of beautiful experimental prints, of which several are included in the renowned collections of such museums as Tate Modern in London and Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. This year, Wendt’s work will be on exhibit at Documenta 14 in Athens and, from 10 June till 3 September 2017, in a large-scale retrospective exhibit at Huis Marseille, which shines a spotlight on the fascinating work of this photographer in all its facets.

Concurrent to the exhibition, Fw:Books published a book featuring an overview of Wendt’s work. This is the first monography since Lionel Wendt. A Centennial Tribute (2000), an extensive and revised version of the very first catalogue of Wendt’s oeuvre: Lionel Wendt’s Ceylon (1950).

Pictured: An article of Dutch magazine De Groene Amsterdammer on the exhibition and the book Lionel Wendt - Ceylon, available and shipping from Idea Books.

Arles Photo Book Award 2017 to Henk Wildschut: Ville de Calais

/ July 6, 2017

The Arles Book Award grants nowadays three categories of books:

The Author Book Award rewards the best author project for a contemporary photography work.

THE Historical Book Award rewards the best documented book on photography or about a photographer.

THE Photo Text Book Award rewards the best book mixing images and texts, whether it is through the imbrication of the text in the image, the preponderant place of writing within a model or a text supporting the photographic idea.


The winner of The Author Book Award 2017 is

Ville de Calais by Henk Wildschut (Self published).


The jury is composed of Florian Ebner (Centre Pompidou), Laia Abril (photographer), Jerome Marc (Fnac), Vera Michalski (Fondation Jan Michalski pour l’Écriture et La Littérature), Wim van Sinderen (Fotomuseum Den Haag) and Newsha Tavalian (photographer).


Ville de Calais is available at bookstores worldwide through Idea Books.

Gunnel Wåhlstrand at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

/ July 6, 2017

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen presents until 24 September 2017 the largest solo exhibition of work by the Swedish artist Gunnel Wåhlstrand (Uppsala 1974). Wåhlstrand makes realistic large-scale ink wash paintings of monumental landscapes, compelling portraits and serene interiors with intriguing compositions. The exhibition features 23 works by Wåhlstrand – giving visitors a chance to see the majority of her very limited production of only 35 works total completed over the last 15 years.

Taking a closer look at the ink wash paintings by Swedish artist Gunnel Wåhlstrand (Uppsala 1974), it is easy to understand why they take the artist months to complete. She builds up her images in countless layers of diluted ink, cautiously preserving the light as she gradually fills the paper—any mistake is irreversible. The image slowly emerges like a photographic print in developing fluid. Ordinary family snapshots are transformed into something timeless and universal.


A book is published by Art & Theory on the occasion of the exhibition, presenting Gunnel Wåhlstrand’s complete oeuvre:

Gunnel Wåhlstrand 


See also the video Mother Profile For Rotterdam


Gunnel Wåhlstrand
24 June - 24 September 2017
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam



Rencontres Arles: Michael Wolf

/ July 6, 2017

For the first time ever, working in close collaboration with Fotomuseum Den Haag, the Rencontres d’Arles is presenting a selective overview of the autonomous works created by Michael Wolf.

Wolf’s key 21st-century theme is “life in cities”, as he observes it in vast metropolises like Tokyo, Hong Kong and Chicago. The striking feature of these impressive series is the changing points of view adopted by the artist in order to show the complexity of modern city life. The magnum opus of the exhibition is The Real Toy Story installation (2004), featuring over 20,000 plastic “Made in China” toys found by him in junk markets and second-hand shops in the United States. Amid this overwhelming array of mass-produced stuff for kids, Michael Wolf shows sympathetic portraits of individual Chinese assembly-belt workers producing toys to satisfy the manic worldwide demand for cheap consumer goods.


Now available, Michael Wolf Works, published by Peperoni Books, assembles more than 400 pictures, in a grandiose monograph presenting a selection of his most important series and works from the past four decades, including Tokyo Compression, The Real Toy Story, and Architecture of Density.


Other titles by Michael Wolf:

Michael Wolf - Tokyo Compression Final Cut

Michael Wolf: Architecture Of Density

and the Hong Kong series



Michael Wolf Life in Cities

3 July - 27 August 2017 at

Les Rencontres d’Arles





Offprint London

/ May 16, 2017

Offprint London returns to Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall for its third edition. Offprint will host 140 independent and experimental publishers in the fields of contemporary art, photography and graphic design, from over 15 countries. Over 7000 people attend Offprint London each year. Throughout the weekend, Tate Modern and Offprint will host a program of workshops and performances.


We will be representing several independent publishers such as Rollo Press, Art & Theory, Sturm & Drang, Artez Press, Seigensha, Edition Messner, Uh Books and more, including several self published books by different artists, photographers and designers.


Offprint London at 
Tate Modern, Turbine Hall
Friday, 19 May: 6pm–10pm
Saturday, 20 May: 12 am – 8 pm
Sunday, 21 May: 12am–6pm

Art Book Sale

/ April 30, 2017
You are welcome to drop by at our warehouse sale! Once a year we open our doors to the public with a sale of overstock, slightly damaged books and samples at (very) small prices! At IDEA BOOKS: Nieuwe Herengracht 11/ AMS. Near Waterlooplein and the Amsterdam Hermitage. And remember: we have no pin!

Pritzker Architecture Prize 2017 to RCR

/ March 7, 2017

Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigemand Ramon Vilalta received the 2017 Pritzker Architecture Prize.
The three architects, originating from Olot, in the Catalonian region of Spain, have worked together collaboratively since founding their firm RCR Arquitectes, in their hometown in 1988. Their work demonstrates an unyielding commitment to place and its narrative, to create spaces that are in discourse with their respective contexts. Harmonizing materiality with transparency, Aranda, Pigem and Vilalta seek connections between the exterior and interior, resulting in emotional and experiential architecture.

Mr. Aranda, Ms. Pigem and Mr. Vilalta represent the first time that three architects together are honored with the prize. Their intensely collaborative way of working together, where the creative process, commitment to vision and all responsibilities are shared equally, led to the selection of the three individuals for this year’s award.

Among comprehensive monographies of RCR, are:

El Croquis 162: RCR Arquitectes 2007-2012 Poetic Abstraction

AV 175: RCR Arquitectes. International Portfolio



A+U 549 16:06 RCR Arquitectes Works

A+U 542 15:11 RCR Arquitectes - Journey

Best Dutch Book Designs 2016

/ March 6, 2017

Publishers, commisioners, designers, printers and binders have submitted 298 books in total. 33 books distinguished themselves conspicuously by their editorial choices, graphic design, treatment of images and text, choice of material and technical workmanship.

Among the Best Dutch Book Design 2016 are
Batia Suter - Parallel Encyclopedia 2


Karel Martens - Prints
Tejo Remy & Rene Veenhuizen - The World = Our Toolkit
Sophieke Thurmer and Esther Hessing - Bound to the Ground

Laura Hospes - UCP


Laura van Severen – LAND. On the Brink of Some Formidably Complex Matter


Chrystel Lebas - Field Studies, Walking through Landscapes and Archives
Peter Dekens - (Un)expected
Anne Geene & Arjan de Nooy - Ornithology
1:1:1 documentaires in print by Niessen & de Vries

Johannes Schwartz - The Athens Recorder
Marijn van Kreij - Reclining Nude with a Man playing the Guitar
In need of... Graduation 2016 Design Academy Eindhoven
The Responsible Object: A History of Design Ideology for the Future


The Dutch selection has been sent to the international competition Best Book Design from all over the World in Leipzig. March 9 the winners will be announced.
Since last year a panel of students of five art academies judges all the submissions as well.  The selection of these future bookmakers will be announced at June 1.

Chrystel Lebas at Huis Marseille

/ December 15, 2016

With the exhibition Regarding Nature, this is the first time the photographs of Chrystel Lebas are being shown in The Netherlands. Lebas garnered international acclaim through her panoramic photographs, created at twilight. 

In 2011 The Natural History Museum in London asked Chrystel Lebas to create new works based on an intriguing collection of anonymous glass negatives of the British landscape at the beginning of the twentieth century.
The plates turned out to have been made by famous British botanist and ecologist Sir Edward James Salisbury. In the exhibition, Lebas’ photographs and films are combined with the original glass plates. 
The combination provides a complex image of an apparently unspoilt landscape that is strongly impacted by ecological change.
Accompanying the exhibition Fw: Books publishes Chrystel Lebas Field Studies, soon available through Idea Books.
10 December 2016 - 5 March 2017
Huis Marseille

Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant selects the most beautiful books of 2016

/ December 15, 2016

This week, De Volkskrant published a special on the 20 most beautiful photo books of 2016, featuring among others:


Robin De Puy - If This Is True, I'll Never Have To Leave Home Again

Martine Stig - Noir

Otto Snoek - Luchtspoor Rotterdam

Xiaoxiao Xu - Aeronauts In The Backyard

Stella Maris



Chrystel Lebas Field Studies, now exhibiting at Huis Marseille (Amsterdam).

Time Selects Best Books of 2016

/ December 15, 2016

TIME magazine selects every year the best photography books, selected by Martin Parr, Roxana Marcoci and many others photo experts, including TIME's editors. This year, among the selected books are


Robin De Puy - If This Is True, I'll Never Have To Leave Home Again

Barbara Bosworth & Margot Anne Kelley: The Meadow

The Moon 1968 - 1972

Congrats to authors and publishers!

Ari Marcopoulos at Arcana Books

/ November 16, 2016

Ari Marcopoulos will be doing a double signing session at Arcana Books (Culver City, USA), on Friday 18 November.

One of the books, Rome - Malibu, is published by Roma Publications and available at bookshops worldwide through Idea Books.


Ari Marcopoulos Double Book Signing

Friday November 18 at 18:00

Arcana Books On The Arts

8675 Washington Boulevard
Culver City, USA

Offprint Paris

/ November 3, 2016

The 7th Edition of Offprint Paris will take place at the Beaux-Arts de Paris, 
November 10-13, 2016. 

This edition will host 130 independent and experimental publishers from 16 different countries. We will be present and representing publishers as Sturm & Drang, Seigensha, André Frére, Flaneur, Rollo Press and many self published books.


Signing sessions at Idea Books’ table:

Friday at 15:00

Remi Coinget will be signing Conversations With Photographers 2

Helen Zout will be signing Disparitions

Céline Gaille will be signing Accepte-le


Offprint Paris 2016
Beaux-Arts de Paris 
14 Rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris
Thursday Nov. 10 : from 6 pm to 9 pm
Friday Nov. 11 : 1pm - 8pm
Saturday & Sunday Nov 12-13 : 11am - 7 pm

Unseen Photo Festival & Fair

/ September 19, 2016

Unseen, the international fair and festival focused on new photography, will take place from the 23rd to the 25th of September 2016 at Amsterdam’s Westergasfabriek. With 53 international galleries, Unseen Photo Fair highlights the most recent developments in contemporary photography by presenting emerging talent and unseen work by established artists.

As last year, the Unseen Book Market will be held inside the Unseen Festival, and we will be representing publishers as Sturm & Drang, Éditions André Frére, Seigensha, Art&Theory, among others, and a handful of self published photography & visual culture books.

Carmen Freudenthal and Elle Verhagen will be signing their new book Whole on Saturday at 16:00 and Sara Galbiati, Peter Helles Eriksen and Tobias Markussen will be signing Phenomena on friday at 19:00. Vrij Nederland magazine featured recently their project.

We will be cooperating with PhotoQ, who will host a full hand of signing sessions with various photographers, including Desiree van Hoek.

Unseen Magazine is now available through Idea Books.


Unseen Book Market at Unseen Photo Fair
opening thursday 22 September 18:00-21:00
friday 23 11:00-21:00
Saturday 24 11:00 - 20:00
Sunday 11:00 17:00
Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam

The New York Art Book Fair

/ September 12, 2016

Printed Matter presents the 11th New York Art Book Fair, from September 16 to 18, 2016, at MoMA PS1.


Free and open to the public, the NY Art Book Fair is the world’s premier event for artists’ books, catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines.
NYABF16 will also host an array of programming and special events, including informal conversations, workshops, book signings, readings, and other artist-led interventions, featuring two full days on emerging practices and issues within art-book culture.


We'll be present (look for U01), showing books from Occasional Papers, Rollo Press, Fw:Books, The Green Box, Art and Theory Publishing, and many others.
We will be cooperating with Printed Matter and Draw Down Books.


Printed Matter will hold a signing session with Rafael Rozendaal's - Haiku , published by Rollo Press.


On Saturday at 1:00pm, Idea Books will host a presentation of New York Studio Conversations - Seventeen Women Talk About Art  by Stephanie Buhmann, published by Green Box.


Preview Thursday, September 15, 6-9 pm
Friday, September 16, 1-7pm
Saturday, September 17, 11am-9pm
Sunday, September 18, 11-am-7pm

MoMA PS1 is located at 22-25 Jackson Avenue on 46th Avenue,
Long Island City, NY

Robin de Puy is the new Fotograaf Des Vaderlands

/ September 7, 2016

Fotoweek is proud to present Robin de Puy (b. 1986) as the fourth Photographer of the Netherlands (in Dutch: ‘Fotograaf des Vaderlands’), succeeding Ahmet Polat. 

Fotograaf Des Vaderlands is a person who acts as an ambassador for one year for Dutch photography.
Initiators are Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam and FOAM Amsterdam . Together they founded the " Foundation Fotoweek" to bring awareness of photography to a general audience and to provide a platform for Dutch professional photographers.


Robin De Puy currently works on“Kijk! Dit Ben Ik!” (Look! this is Me), an intimate portrait of her 81 year old uncle who lives in Denmark and suffers from Alzheimer. These photos will be seen for the first time from next week at the Breda Photo Festival (15 Sept 30 Oct, Breda, NL).


Her first book Robin De Puy - If This Is True, I'll Never Have To Leave Home Again, published earlier this year, is available at bookstores worldwide (and) through Idea Books. 

See more: Robyn De Puy

photo: Robin De Puy, Self Portrait

A new Contemporary Art Museum for The Netherlands

/ September 1, 2016

In Wassenaar, in the middle of a 40-hectare estate, Museum Voorlinden will open to the public on September 11. 


Museum Voorlinden will host the collection of Dutch businessman Joop van Caldenborgh, said to be the biggest private art collection in The Netherlands.
The new museum building was designed by architecture firm KraaijVanger, and mixes glass and stone, with a special conceived roof allowing natural light into the galleries.
Wim Pijbes, former director of The Rijksmuseum, will lead Voorlinden.

The first temporary exhibition at the new museum will be devoted to Ellsworth Kelly, and the museum’s collection includes works by Ai Weiwei, Damien Hirst, Rineke Dijkstra, Tracey Emin, Richard Serra, James Turrell, Anselm Kiefer, Yayoi Kusama, and Andy Warhol.


See also articles NRC, ArtNews, Wallpaper*, Apollo and El País

Museum Voorlinden: from September 11, 2016
Buurtweg 90
2244 AG Wassenaar (NL)


Photo Pietro Savorelli, source voorlinden.nl

The Best Dutch Book Designs 2015 Exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum

/ August 24, 2016

The exhibition of The Best Dutch Book Designs has a long-standing tradition at the Stedelijk Museum. The inaugural presentation was mounted in 1932. With a few exceptions, the Stedelijk has mounted the exhibition every year.

This year The Best Book Designs present a special selection of 33 Dutch and 17 Flemish books. Because the Netherlands and Flanders will be Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2016 (18 - 23 Oct) the Flemish Publishers Association and the organisation have worked together to reach a joined competition.
Publishers, commisioners, designers, printers and binders have submitted books that appeared in 2015 amounting to 410 books in total. They were judged by a Dutch-Flemish panel. The books that they have selected distinguished themselves conspicuously by their editorial choices, graphic design, treatment of images and text, choice of material and technical workmanship.
Among them are 18 books distributed by us, see here.


These titles are on view at the exhibition and available to buy at the Stedelijk Museumshop.

The Best Dutch Book Designs 2015
26 August - 30 October, 2016
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

SOFA magazine launch at Athenaeum Amsterdam

/ August 24, 2016

Athenaeum Nieuwscentrum will present the new magazine SOFA to the Dutch readers on August 25th, you're invited to join the crowd and listen to a talk of the editor, Ricarda Messner.


SOFA is a new magazine that uncovers and defines the now and looks into the near future by exploring one tantalizing, terrifying, tantamount or taboo topic per issue while sitting on international sofas with today's most interesting people. In the spirit of the current teen takeover, the first issue dives into the minds of Generation Z by giving the floor to a diverse group of international teenagers. The raw, fun, powerful, provocative, smart and daring content that they've delivered is not only wow but it sheds a whole new light on our world as we move deeper into the 21st century.


SOFA is now available and shipping worldwide.


SOFA launch at Athenaeum Nieuwscentrum

August 25 - 18:00

Spui 14, Amsterdam


Arles Book Awards 2016

/ July 11, 2016

Every summer since 1970, over the course of more than sixty exhibitions at various of the city’s exceptional heritage sites, the Rencontres d’Arles has been a major influence in disseminating the best of world photography. It sees itself as the melting pot of contemporary creation.

Many photographers have been discovered as a result of the Rencontres; a sure sign of the festival’s importance as a springboard for photographic and contemporary creative talent.
Next to a rich exhibition program, are several workshops, screenings, discussions, symposiums.


The Arles Book Award was created 47 years ago at the birth of the festival. It has been developed and grants nowadays three categories of books, as a contribution to the extraordinary expansion of photography publishing and to its optimal distribution.

We are proud to share the 2016 Book Awards, with congratulations to authors & publishers/designers:


The Author Book Award goes to the best author project for a contemporary photography work. 

Author Book Award 2016
Mariken Wessels, "Taking Off. Henry My Neighbor", Art Paper Editions 

The Historical Book Award goes to the best documented book, it can either be thematic or monographic.

Historical Book Award 2016
Annette Behrens, "(in Matters Of) Karl", Fw: Books (now out of print)


Mariken Wessels, "Taking Off. Henry My Neighbor" is available at bookshops worldwide at at Offprint Library in Arles.

Offprint Arles

/ July 5, 2016

From 27 of June until September 25th 2016, Offprint Library will showcase and make available at the Garage du Cloitre art publications on Photography, Image making and New Technology.

100 publications have been carefully selected by Yannick Bouillis to stimulate a critical approach and to reinforce the consideration of political, environmental and social issues in the production of our contemporary visual Culture.

Offprint Library will be open during the whole Arles Photo Festival and showing titles from Roma Publications, Fw: Books, The Greenbox, Art Paper Editions, Valiz, Christoph Merian Verlag, Rollo Press, Van Zoetendaal, Atelier Hoko, and many others.

You can find selected titles online: www.offprintlibrary.com

Offprint Arles

June 27 - September 25, 2016

Garage du Cloitre in Arles (FR)

Bloodywood: Filmposters From Ghana 1987 - 2007

/ June 9, 2016

Kunsthal Rotterdam presents the unique collection of hand-painted film posters of Mandy Elsas, which he has collected during his many visits to Ghana. Starting in the 1980s, these brightly coloured paintings were made to order by street artists to advertise usually violent video films in the many makeshift cinemas that Ghana had at the time.


Accompanying the exhibition, Vintage Voodoo published Bloodywood - Ghanaian Film Posters From The Collection Of Mandy Elsas, now shipping to bookstores worldwide.


Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant devotes today a double-spread to the exhibition and book.


Filmposters From Ghana 1987 - 2007
May 28 to September 11, 2016
Kunsthal Rotterdam (NL)

Bas Kosters at Museum Arnhem

/ June 7, 2016

Under the title:"I Want It To Be Soft: The Journey of Bas Kosters, Museum Arnhem is presenting a retrospective of works by one of the Netherlands’ most eccentric fashion designers, Bas Kosters (b. 1977).
His work interprets social and cultural issues in a way that is unparallelled in Dutch fashion, and is an important source of inspiration for young designers.

Kosters designs using his own particular illustrative imagery and utilizes from almost every discipline. His work addresses topical social issues such as overconsumption, race and gender issues and ideals of beauty.
As the name of the exhibition suggests, the visitor follows the work as a vivid journey through the world of Bas Kosters, through 13 years of fashion and design based on a series of different themes.
For this exhibition Kosters created new works, including cooperations with other designers and creators.

Accompanying the exhibition, Museum Arnhem published a monograph, Bas Kosters I Want It To Be Soft, now available through Idea Books.


The Journey Of Bas Kosters
14 mei – 4 september 2016
Museum Arnhem

Warehouse Sale

/ May 25, 2016

Every year on the last weekend of May Idea Books holds an open day with a warehouse sale of slightly damaged books, samples and overstoks at (very) small prices.

You are welcome to visit us on May 28, between 10:00 and 18:00, at the Nieuwe Herengracht 11, Amsterdam.

Offprint London 2016 at Tate Modern

/ May 12, 2016

Offprint is an independent publishing fair and forum that focuses on specific thematic areas in numerous locations, featuring publications on art, photography, design, experimental music, open culture and activism. 
 Acknowledging the qualitative and unique publishing practices, Offprint seeks to bring a larger and dedicated audience into contact with small independent publishers, both online and offline.

Idea Books will be present, displaying titles from several publishers such as Rollo Press, Artez, Seigensha, Peperoni Books, Atopos, Ivorypress among others, including self published titles.

Other participants (we are proud to distribute) include Roma Publications, Fw:Books, Art Paper Editions, Editions B42, Perimeter Books, Occasional Papers, RVB and Valiz.

Desiree van Hoek will be signing Skid Row at our table on Saturday at 16:00.

Offprint London 2016
Tate Modern, London
20 – 22 May 2016

Opening times:
Friday (Opening night)
6 pm – 10 pm
12 pm – 8 pm
12 pm – 6 pm

Offprint is open to the general public and admission is free.

Aglaia Konrad at Museum M Leuven

/ April 22, 2016

With both older and new work, Aglaia Konrad’s first major solo exhibition shows the diversity of her oeuvre. Aglaia Konrad (°1960, Salzburg) roams through cities on all five continents. Through photos, films and installations, she not only focuses on exceptional buildings and the way cities transform, but also on representations of big cities and the role of photography therein. 

Aerial photographs of Canada or China alternate with a film about a house in northern Italy and black and white photos of the marble quarries in Carrara. In one room, she presents the exhibition experiment TOKONOMA ogether with other artists. She is also presenting a new work on the façade of Museum M. 


Her book Carrara, published by Roma Publications in 2011, is available at the museum shop (and) through Idea Books.


Aglaia Konrad: From A to K

Museum M, Leuven (BE)

29 April - 18 September 2016

Anne Geene and Arjan de Nooy: Ornithology

/ April 12, 2016

Until June 5 2016, Rotterdam’s Natural History Museum hosts the exhibition 'Ornithology' with unique observations from the bird kingdom established by Anne Geene and Arjan de Nooy. Arranged according to themes such as, among others, 'Camouflage', 'Bird Geometry', 'Speed', and Group Dynamics’, the exhibition is not only a photographic study of birds but also a birding excursion in photography.
Geene and De Nooy manifest themselves as outsiders in the world of bird photography, which is dominated by people with a classical aesthetic look. Many birds in their photos are dead, others are representations, as well as nesting material and droppings of birds are shown. With 'Ornithology' bird art enters a new area.


Accompanying the exhibition is the book 'Ornithology', this week highly acclaimed in a doublespread from newspaper De Volkskrant: a splendid book project, deserving 4 stars. 'Ornithology' is available and shipping from Idea Books to bookstores worldwide.


Ornithology - Photographic Observations Of the Bird Kingdom
Het Natuurhistorischmuseum
Rotterdam (NL)
February 6 - June 5

Offprint Milano

/ April 8, 2016

From April 12-17, 2016, a special project will be created for the design community and its demanding publishers during the Salone del Mobile in Milano: a library that sells books, will make available contemporary publications in Design and Architecture.

150 publications, curated by Yannick Bouillis, will be on display, seeking to stimulate a critical approach and to reinforce the consideration of political, environmental and social issues in the production process of Design.
At the same time, it aims to reconnect the arts with society, putting aside a market imperative for novelty, in favour of art-based projects with broader social concerns.

A selection of publications can be purchased at the Atelier Clerici during the Design Week Milano from the 12th until the 17th April 2016.


Offprint Milano

12 - 17 April 2016

Atelier Celrici, Milano (IT)

Robin De Puy at The Hague Fotomuseum

/ March 16, 2016

From coming Saturday, Fotomuseum Den Haag hosts the exhibition Robin De Puy: If this is true… 8,000 Miles on a Motorcycle in the USA

Robin de Puy is currently one of the Netherlands’ most popular portrait photographers. De Puy graduated from the Fotoacademie Rotterdam in 2009. She subsequently won the Photo Academy Award 2009 and was nominated for various photography prizes. In 2014 she won the National Portrait Prize. Her work is published in a number of national and international magazines, including New York Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek, Volkskrant, ELLE, L’Officiel, LINDA and many more. She lives and works in Amsterdam.

De Puy is a young portrait photographer in great demand. In 2014, she decided to go on a road trip across the USA as a way of escaping the pressure of public expectations.

De Puy set off across America in May 2015. Her most vital equipment was in her saddlebags: a couple of lamps, two cameras and a lighting umbrella. She followed no set route but toured the country looking for distinctive faces to photograph – people of all ages and both sexes whom she just happened to meet on her travels. She specifically did not want to record social contrasts or the antithesis between urban America and the country’s endless empty spaces. Robin de Puy’s work adds a new dimension to the classic genre of the American Photographic Road Trip, most famously practised by people like Robert Frank, Jacob Holdt and Alec Soth: her sympathetic portraits could have been taken anywhere between Washington, Warsaw and Vladivostok.


Accompanying the exhibition, a book published this week by Ludion, Robin De Puy - If This Is True, I'll Never Have To Leave Home Again, available soon at bookstores worldwide through Idea Books.


If this is true… 8,000 Miles on a Motorcycle in the USA
19 March - 26 June 2016
Fotomuseum Den Haag

The Best Dutch Book Designs 2015

/ February 25, 2016

The Best Dutch Book Designs of 2015 are known!

This year The Best Book Designs present a special selection of 33 Dutch and 17 Flemish books. Because the Netherlands and Flanders are Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2016 the Flemish Publishers Association and the organisation have worked together to reach a joined competition.
Publishers, commisioners, designers, printers and binders have submitted books that appeared in 2015 amounting to 410 books in total. They were judged by a Dutch-Flemish panel. The books that they have selected distinguished themselves conspicuously by their editorial choices, graphic design, treatment of images and text, choice of material and technical workmanship.
Among them are 18 books we are proud to distribute, among others:

Jennifer Tee. The Soul in Limbo

Opus 1. The Artist’s Beginnings

Reprint Karel Martens 

Raimond Wouda. Ext.-Int.

Statement and Counter-Statement: Notes on Experimental Jetset

herman de vries. to be all ways to be 

Désirée van Hoek. Skid Row

Mariken Wessels (ed.) - Taking off. Henry my neighbor

Janine Schrijver. Our Nature Within the Limits of City Parks 

Sanne Peper. Due to Lack of Interest Tomorrow Has Been Cancelled

Brick. An Exacting Material

More info: Best Dutch Book Designs

Hieronymus Bosch – Visions of Genius opens this weekend

/ February 11, 2016

The international exhibition Hieronymus Bosch – Visions of Genius opens this Saturday (13 February) at the Noordbrabants Museum in Den Bosch, where it will run until 8 May 2016.


Hieronymus Bosch is viewed worldwide as the most intriguing and exciting Netherlandish artist of the late Middle Ages. The exhibition includes the lion’s share of his surviving paintings and drawings, and is based on the most comprehensive research ever performed into the artist’s oeuvre. Never before have so many of Bosch’s works returned to his home town of ’s-Hertogenbosch, where he created them over 500 years ago.
The exhibition is the highlight of the National Hieronymus Bosch 500 Events Year being celebrated in 2016 to mark the 500th anniversary of the artist's death.
On this occasion Graphic Matter/ Luion publishes Bosch In Detail, now available in English and Dutch, at bookshops in The Netherlands through Idea Books.


Hieronymus Bosch – Visions of Genius
Noordbrabants Museum (Den Bosch, NL)
13 February - 8 May 2016
see more: Jheronymus Bosch 500


image: Jheronimus Bosch, Glutony (fragment of the Ship of Fools), ca. 1500-10, New Haven (USA), Yale University Art Gallery. Photo Rik Klein Gotink and image processing Robert G. Erdmann for the Bosch Research and Conservation Project. Courtesy Het Noordbrabantsmuseum

The LA Art Book Fair

/ February 4, 2016

Printed Matter’s LA ART BOOK FAIR 2016

February 12 – February 14, 2016

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA


Free and open to the public, Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair is a unique event for artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines presented by over 250 international presses, booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers.
Idea Books will be present, cooperating with MOCA LA Bookshop, Roma Publications, and showcasing Art Paper Editions, Fw:Books, Occasional Papers, Art and Theory Publishing and other great publishers.


Featuring on February 13

1:00 pm Dana Lixenberg Imperial Courts 1993-2015 

7:00 pm: Experimental Jet Set will hold a talk at 

both books available at our/MOCA's table!


Preview: Thursday, February 11, 6–9 pm
Free and open to the public:
Friday February 12, 1pm-6pm
Saturday February 13, 11am-7pm
Sunday February 14, 11am-6pm

QuickScan NL#2 at the Nederlands Fotomuseum.

/ January 28, 2016

Five years on from its very successful first edition, the Nederlands Fotomuseum presents QUICKSCAN NL#02, an exhibition that puts a finger on the pulse of Dutch photography to give the public a taste of the latest, most exciting trends in Dutch photography.
The exhibition will feature 15 to 20 photographers currently active in the Netherlands, showing work they have produced in the last two years that has mostly not yet been on show anywhere else.  The photographers and artists set to contribute to QUICKSCAN NL#2 include: Laurence Aëgerter, Gwenneth Boelens, Jan Dirk van der Burg, Anne Geene, Jan Hoek, Stephan Keppel, Kasia Klimpel, Sjoerd Knibbeler, Ola Lanko, Willem Popelier, Jannemarein Renout, Jan Rosseel, Collectief Salvo, Marleen Sleeuwits, Batia Suter, Elisabeth Tonnard and Mariken Wessels.

While at the museum, be sure to check out the museumshop, where books on these photographers are available.

23 January - 1 May 2016
Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam

Ulay Polaroids at the Nederlands Fotomuseum

/ January 20, 2016

From January 23, the Nederlands Fotomuseum will present the work of internationally renowned artist Frank Uwe Laysiepen, known as Ulay, in the first-ever exhibition dedicated solely to his Polaroids.
Ulay (born in Solingen, Germany, 1943) pioneered the use of the Polaroid as an art medium and is widely known for his unusual experiments, such as his ‘Polagrams’, the life-size Polaroids he created by literally ‘stepping into’ a large format camera.


To complement the exhibition, a new book will be published by Valiz in close collaboration with the Nederlands Fotomuseum to bring together all current knowledge relating to art preservation and the restoration of Polaroid photography. Ulay, What Is This Thing Called Polaroid? will be soon available at bookshops in The Netherlands and worldwide. This book will be launched at the opening of the exhibition, on January 23 at 17:00.

Also available: Whispers - Ulay On Ulay, previosuly published by Valiz.


During the preparations for the exhibition, Charlotte Ebers has been filming a documentary about Ulay and Polaroid. This film will be showing at the exhibition.


23 January - 1 May 2016
Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam

Dana Lixenberg and Roger Willems at Mi Camera, in Milano

/ January 20, 2016

Roma Publications Pop-Up Store with Roger Willems and Dana Lixenberg
opening on Friday, January 22nd and a workshop coming weekend.


Pop-up stores aim at highlighting the work of publishers that Mi Camera believes are particularly significant and at underlining the positive relationship between an artist and his/her imprint. They are also an opportunity of meeting publishers and artists. Micamera will present a selected number of books by Roma Publications; a special relevance will be attributed to Imperial Courts, 1993-2015 by Dana Lixenberg, that was recently shortlisted for the Aperture / Paris Photo award. While the books will be on display on the tables, some prints from this work will be exhibited on the gallery walls (the comprehensive exhibition is on view at Huis Marseille in Amsterdam).


Dana Lixenberg and Roger Willems will attend the opening reception and will teach a workshop together over the weekend, for a limited number of students. Read more here.


Roma Publications Pop-Up Store
22 January – 20 February 2016

Storytelling Workshop with Dana Lixenberg + Roger Willems
Saturday 23 + Sunday 24 January, 2016
10:00 – 18:30 at

Micamera - lens based arts
Via Medardo Rosso
19,20159 Milano

Awoiska van der Molen: Blanco at Foam Amsterdam

/ January 13, 2016

Foam starts the new year with Blanco, the first major museum-based solo exhibition by Awoiska van der Molen (b. Groningen, 1972), featuring the monochrome landscape photography she has been working on since 2009. 
The exhibition Blanco is the result of long periods of isolation, in which Awoiska van der Molen penetrates deep into the essence of the remote world in which she creates her photos. Far removed from a society racing ever onwards, she takes time to experience the landscape in a new manner, beyond first appearances. She moves slowly there, returns repeatedly and by doing so makes these unknown places her own. This gradual and solitary working process continues in the darkroom. Her often profoundly black baryta prints contain mysterious contrasts between darkness and light. Notions of time, day and night seem non-existent.

Awoiska van der Molen is a Dutch artist photographer based in Amsterdam. Her first monograph ‘Sequester’, published by Fw:Books, was nominated for the Paris Photo / Aperture First Book Prize and won the Silver Medal at “the Most Beautiful Books of the world” in Leipzig. This book (and Awoiska’s work) have been acclaimed all over the world. Purdy Hicks Gallery in London will exhibit her work from Febr 12 - Mar 12 2016.


Awoiska van der Molen - Blanco
Foam Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam
22 January - 3 April 2016

Look A Book! At Huis Marseille

/ January 10, 2016

An event around the Aperture/ Paris Photo Photo Book Awards exhibition (16 Jan to 14 Feb 2016), with a series of talks on different issues concerning photo books, and a photo book market.

Featuring Dana Lixenberg, Annette Behrens, Irma Boom, Erik Kessels, Roger Willems, among others, and our very own Peter Stam.


See the full programme (in Dutch):


Look A Book!

16 & 17 January
Huis Marseille, Amsterdam

Seth Siegelaub at the Stedelijk Museum

/ December 17, 2015

The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam presents the first exhibition about Seth Siegelaub, one of the key players of early conceptual art. Seth Siegelaub: Beyond Conceptual Art, shows an overview of the life and work of the art pioneer, collector and publisher.


Seth Siegelaub (New York, 1941–Basel, 2013) is best known for his decisive role in the emergence and establishment of Conceptual Art in the late 1960s. With revolutionary projects such as January 5–31, 1969, the Xerox Book, and July, August, September 1969, he set the blueprint for the presentation and dissemination of conceptual practices. Often billed the “father of Conceptual Art,” Seth Siegelaub was—and remains—a seminal influence on curators, artists, and cultural thinkers, internationally and in Amsterdam, where he settled in the 1990s.

 Following the exhibition Seth Siegelaub: Beyond Conceptual Art (Dec. 12, 2015 – Apr. 17, 2016) the Stedelijk Museum organizes a public program with lectures and debates for critical theory and renewed interpretations of the work of Seth Siegelaub.

See more: www.stedelijk.nl


In cooperation with the Stedelijk, de Appel arts centre, and Stichting Egress Foundation, Roma Publications publishes on this occasion, a facsimile edition of the Xerox Book from 1968, Siegelaub’s famous book-as-exhibition, now available through Idea Books.


Seth Siegelaub: Beyond Conceptual Art

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

12 December 2015 - 17 April 2016

Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant selects the 15 most beautiful photo books of 2015

/ December 9, 2015

"... because these are so splendid" 


In a double spread about the most beautiful Dutch photo books of 2015, journalists of De Volkskrant highlight and recommend 15 wonderful books, among them distributed by Idea Books:


Annette Behrens - (In Matter Of) Karl  (now out of print)

Geert Goiris - Prophet (Signed&numbered)  (now out of print)

Marie-jose Jongerius - Edges Of The Experiment 

Hellen Van Meene - The Years Shall Run Like Rabbits (Dutch Only) 

Bruno Van Den Elshout - New Horizons 

Sjoerd Knibbeler Paper Planes  (now out of print)

Dana Lixenberg - Imperial Courts 1993-2015 

Melanie Matthieu - Lamo Lava 

Sanne Peper Due To Lack Of Interest Tomorrow Has Been Cancelled 

Mariken Wessels: Taking Off. Henry My Neighbor 

Raimond Wouda - Ext.-int. 

Hanne Van Der Woude - Vivace (Eng)  (now out of print)


Congratulations to the publishers!

See more (in Dutch) > De Volkskrant/fotoboeken


Experimental Jet Set in Tokyo

/ December 7, 2015

Experimental Jet Set will hold a couple of talks and signings in Tokyo, on Saturday 12 and Monday 14.


On Saturday a talk and signing at Post-Books:

Lecture + Signing by Experimental Jetset

18:30 - 20:00 (open 18:00 reservation required)

For this event Experimental designed a tote bag!

On Monday 14 December at Tsutaya Books (Shibuya)


Experimental Jetset - Statement And Counter-Statement and Automatically Arranged Alphabets are available at bookshops worldwide through Idea Books.


Bob Cobbing's Boooook launch at San Serriffe

/ December 6, 2015

Launch of Boooook: The Life And Work Of Bob Cobbing
with a talk by William Cobbing and Rosie Cooper
Thursday December 10 2015

20:00 - 22:00
at San Serriffe
Sint Annenstraat 30, Amsterdam


Bob Cobbing (1920-2002) was a major exponent of concrete, visual and sound poetry in Britain. His performances of printed sound poems involved stretching language through the deployment of shouts, hisses, groans, interspersed between more recognisable tracts of spoken word.
Cobbing’s entry into the world of concrete poetry came in 1964, with the writing of his alphabetical sequence ‘ABC In Sound’, recorded for the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. He was also committed to the promotion and publication of other poets, artists and writers’ works. Through the Writers’ Forum he published more than 1,000 pamphlets by Jeff Nuttall and Dom Sylvester Houédard and many others.
From 1965 to 1967 he managed the legendary bookstore Better Books. While he was there, Cobbing published texts by Allen Ginsberg and John Cage, and vinyl records of sound poetry by Henri Chopin and Francois Dufrene. The Better Books programme, ‘Cinema 65’, led to the formation of the London Filmmakers’ Co-op.
Bob Jubilé is a year-long program devoted to the career and legacy of Bob Cobbing, organised by William Cobbing and Rosie Cooper. This program resulted in the publication Boooook, published by Occasional Papers. During the launch at San Serriffe, Cooper and Cobbing will give a talk about the work of Cobbing and introduce the contributions from the book by Gustav Metzger, Will Holder, Arnaud Desjardin and others.

Dana Lixenberg at Huis Marseille

/ December 4, 2015

Between 12 December and 6 March Huis Marseille will exhibit Dana Lixenberg: Imperial Courts 1993-2015.

In 1992, Dana Lixenberg travelled to South Central Los Angeles for a magazine story on the riots that erupted following the verdict in the Rodney King trial. What she encountered inspired her to revisit the area, and led her to the community of the Imperial Courts housing project in Watts. Returning countless times over the following twenty-two years, Lixenberg gradually created a collaborative portrait of the changing face of this community. Over the years, some in the community were killed, while others disappeared or went to jail, and others, once children in early photographs, grew up and had children of their own. In this way, Imperial Courts constitutes a complex and evocative record of the passage of time in an underserved community.

This exhibition is accompanied by a book published by Roma Publications, Dana Lixenberg: Imperial Courts 1993-2015, which has been short-listed for the Aperture/ Paris Photo Best Book Award 2015. This title is available at bookshops worldwide through Idea Books. A Documentary on this project has been selected for the IDFA and premiered at the festival.

Dana Lixenberg: Imperial Courts 1993-2015

Huis Marseille

12 December 2015 - 6 March 2016

Time picks the best photo books of 2015

/ November 26, 2015

Martin Parr, Alec Soth and many other experts, including TIME's photo editors, select the best photobooks of the year for Time’s Lightbox. On their list:


Dana Lixenberg - Imperial Courts 1993-2015 
Annette Behrens - (In Matter Of) Karl  (now out of print)
Evgenia Arbugaeva - Tiksi (reprint expected early 2016)

Each November, as hundreds of photographers and artists converge on the French capital for Paris Photo, photobook enthusiasts gather to celebrate the year’s best productions at events like the Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards, which has eestablished itself as the leading photography book award, and Offprint, a popular independent publishing fair.
This is usually the time when, TIME’s journalists work on their own list of the year’s best photobooks, selected by a committee of photography writers, editors and curators. 

Time Picks the Best Photobooks of 2015

Exit received a Lucie Award for best photography magazine

/ November 24, 2015

Coinciding with their 16th anniversary, the Spanish magazine EXIT has been awarded the prestigious Lucie Award 2015 for best photography magazine of the year. 


The Lucie Awards, conferred by The Lucie Foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to the support and valuation of contemporary photography since 2003, focus on rewarding outstanding photographers and photography publications, both books and magazines. They are considered to be the "Oscars" of photography for their similar structure and roots in the United States. It is the first time in its history (in any categorie) that a Spanish or Latin-American photographer has received a prize or nomination.


Congratulations to the team of EXIT with this prestigious prize.

Offprint Paris

/ November 4, 2015

We will participate again at Offprint Paris, during Paris Photo 2015.

Offprint is an art-publishing fair featuring discerning publishers on art, photography, design, and experimental music labels. Offprint is organised and curated by Yannick Bouillis, Colette Olof and Charlotte Cheetham (Manystuff).

The fair will be held from November 12 to 15 at the Beaux-arts de Paris.
Several publishers we distribute will be present, such as Roma Publications, Fw: books, Occasional Papers, Art Paper Editions, Editions B42, Valiz and others. We will be showing Lecturis, Sturm&Drang, Seigensha, and some self-published books.


Authors Signing at Idea Books table during Offprint:

Desiree van Hoek will be signing Skid Row Thursday at 20:00
Martina Hoogland Ivanow will be signing her new book Friday at 16:00
Sanne Peper will be signing Saturday at 17:00


Offprint Paris 2015 

12 – 15 November 2015
Beaux-arts de Paris
14 Rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris

Opening times
Thursday 5 pm – 9 pm
Friday 1 pm – 8 pm
Saturday 11 am – 7 pm
Sunday 11 am – 7 pm

Aperture Foundation’s short-listed for the 2015 Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards

/ November 3, 2015

Initiated in November 2012 by Aperture Foundation and Paris Photo, the Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards celebrate the photobook’s contribution to the evolving narrative of photography, with three major categories: First PhotoBook, PhotoBook of the Year, and, introduced last year, Photography Catalogue of the Year.
The final jury will meet in Paris on November 12, 2015, and the announcement of the winners will be made the following day, Friday, November 13.


Short-listed titles for PhotoBook of the Year distributed by us:

Imperial Courts 1993–2015
Dana Lixenberg
Publisher: Roma Publications


Good 70s
Mike Mandel
Publisher: J&L Books/D.A.P.

Short-listed titles for First PhotoBook which we distribute:

(in matters of) Karl
Annette Behrens
Publisher: Fw:Books


Paper Planes
Sjoerd Knibbeler
Publisher: Fw:Books (now out of print)


Hush: Israel Palestine 2000–2014
Noa Ben-Shalom
Publisher: Sternthal Books


Now Will Not Be With Us Forever
Maurice van Es
Publisher: RVB Books

Charlotte Dumas at Museum De Pont

/ October 8, 2015

Museum de Pont opens on October 10 a new exhibition featuring Charlotte Dumas’ Work Horse


Animals are a well-liked subject in our visual culture, but in the context of visual art they are hardly considered a serious theme. In defiance of this supposed triviality, Charlotte Dumas has made dogs, horses, tigers and wolves the subject of her photography since graduating from the Rietveld Academie in 2000.
In November 2014 Charlotte Dumas began photographing the eight native horse breeds of Japan. Once necessary for farming and transportation, most of these indigenous breeds have lost their practical purpose and have declined in number. Mostly confined to small islands, the horses have never been able to migrate, and their future existence is now uncertain.

Accompanying the exhibition, a new book is published: Charlotte Dumas: Work Horse, available at (book)shops through Idea Books.


Charlotte Dumas Work Horse
10 Oct 2015 - 10 Jan 2016
Museum De Pont, Tilburg (NL)

Experimental Jet Set Statement and Counter Statement Launch at San Serriffe

/ October 7, 2015

Released by Roma Publications, and featuring contributions by Linda van Deursen, Mark Owens, Ian Svenonius and Jon Sueda, ‘Statement and Counter-Statement’ is the very first publication on the work of Experimental Jetset, covering almost two decades of graphic design praxis.


During this book launch at San Serriffe, the three members of Experimental Jetset will sign (or better said, stamp) copies of the paperback, while a mixtape (specifically compiled for this occasion) will be played in the store, featuring bands and songs that are mentioned in the book.


Coinciding with the release of 'Statement and Counter-Statement', Experimental Jetset also created a fanzine. Stapled in a screen printed silver cover, the zine (titled 'Automatically Arranged Alphabets') contains a selection of typographic experiments involving software-generated compositions (part of a series of sketches made between 2014–2015).


Experimental Jet Set Statement and Counter Statement launch

at San Serriffe, Sint Annenstraat 30, Amsterdam

18 October 2015: 19:30 - 21:30


Barbara Klemm at Museum De Fundatie

/ October 1, 2015

Museum de Fundatie is showing the exhibition ‘Barbara Klemm – Between Willy Brandt and Andy Warhol’.

Klemm (Münster, 1939) worked as a photographer for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung from 1959 to 2004 and was an eyewitness to the history of decades past. Her photos show events of major historical significance in crucial images that remind us of turning points and bygone epochs. About 150 works from Klemm’s considerable oeuvre are exhibited in Zwolle. Aside from political events and scenes from divided and reunified Germany, we see everyday tableaus and street scenes from all over the world as well as portraits of artists, writers and musicians.


The books she published with Swiss publisher Nimbus are available at the museum shop of Museum De Fundatie.

Barbara Klemm – Between Willy Brandt and Andy Warhol
Museum De Fundatie, Zwolle (NL)
until 29 November 2015

The Best Dutch Book Designs 2014 at Stedelijk Museum

/ October 1, 2015

Each year, the Stedelijk Museum and the Stichting De Best Verzorgde Boeken present the most distinguished book designs of the past year. The exhibition presents publications that feature outstanding design, typography, visual flow and technical graphic production, and a harmonious balance between form and content. The selection includes publications from renowned publishing houses, museum catalogues, commemorative corporate publications and rare self-published volumes.
Among others, on the list are Awoiska van der Molen – Sequester, Schrofer Sketches, Émeric Lhuisset: Maydan, Modern Times The Age Of Photography, Whispers Ulay on Ulay and Friet.
The majority of the books featured in the presentation are on sale in the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam shop.


The catalogue The Best Dutch Book Designs 2014 is now available.


The Best Dutch Book Designs 2014
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
5 Sept - 21 Oct 2015


Hanne van der Woude: Emmy’s World at Huis Marseille

/ September 22, 2015

For five years Hanne van der Woude shared life's joys and sorrows with an older married couple and a brother: people who never lost touch with their creativity or non-conformist disposition. Van der Woude is focussing on Emmy: the 83-year old artist who lives in an old school building in the Betuwe. Two central elements of Emmy's personallity are an inexhaustible admiration for nature and the urge to collect. Van der Woude used photography, film and documents such as sketchbooks and notebooks, in order to show Emmy's unique but also very familiar world.
Hanne van der Woude (b. 1982) lives and works in Arnhem (NL). Her work has been exhibited, among others,  in Fotomuseum in The Hague, and the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts in Yamanashi, Japan.


The book Vivace, which accompanies the exhibition, is published by Fw: Books and is available in Dutch and English.


Hanne van der Woude: Emmy’s World
September 12 - December 6, 2015
Huis Marseille, Amsterdam

Addition: Gift Pieter and Marieke Sanders at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

/ September 16, 2015

In 2013, art collectors Pieter and Marieke Sanders gifted the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam over 100 artworks by contemporary artists. Now, for the first time, a selection of work from their donation will be shown in dialog with the Stedelijk’s existing collection. The exhibition features work by artists including Jan Andriesse, Marinus Boezem, Alicia Framis, Ryan Gander, David Jablonowski, Job Koelewijn, Navid Nuur, Paulien Oltheten, Amalia Pica, Stephen Waddell, Marijke van Warmerdam and Wassink/Lundgren. This donation also marks the entrance of a number of artists into the collection of the Stedelijk.

A book, designed by Julie Peeters, with photos by Johannes Schwartz is published to celebrate the gift to the Stedelijk: Object Onder / Object Below, Sanders Collection. With an essay by Cornel Bierens, a poem by Maria Barnas and an interview with the collectors.

Object Onder / Object Below, Sanders Collection (now shipping), will be available at bookstores in The Netherlands through Idea Books and at our table at Unseen Book Market (17 - 20 Sept).

Addition: Gift Pieter and Marieke Sanders
19 Sept 2015 - 3 Jan 2016
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Idea Books at New York Art Book Fair

/ September 14, 2015

Printed Matter, presents the tenth annual NY Art Book Fair, from September 18 to 20, 2015, MoMA PS1.

Free and open to the public, the NY Art Book Fair is the world’s premier event for artists’ books, catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines.
This year’s NY Art Book Fair includes an ever-growing variety of exhibitors – from the zinesters in (XE)ROX & PAPER + SCISSORS and the Small Press Dome representing publishing at its most innovative and affordable, to rare and antiquarian dealers offering out-of-print books and ephemera from art and artist book history, plus the NYABF-classic Friendly Fire, focused on the intersections of art and activism.


We will be showing publishers such as Art & Theory, Occasional Papers, Ruby Press, Editions B42 and others.


On Saturday at 3pm, Morgan Ashcom will be signing his book Leviathan, published by Peperoni, at our table.


NYABF 2015
Preview Thursday, September 17, 18:00 - 21:00
Friday, September 18, 13:00 - 19:00
Saturday, September 19, 11:00 - 21:00
Sunday, September 20, 11:00 - 19:00


Idea Books at Unseen Amsterdam

/ September 14, 2015

Unseen, the international fair and festival focused on new photography, will take place from the 18th to the 20th of September 2015 at Amsterdam’s Westergasfabriek. With 54 international galleries, Unseen Photo Fair highlights the most recent developments in contemporary photography by presenting emerging talent and unseen work by established artists.
This year the Unseen Book Market will be held inside the Unseen Festival, and we will be displaying publishers as Sturm & Drang, 4478Zine, Seigensha, Art&Theory, among others, and a handful of self published photography books. We will be cooperating with PhotoQ Bookshop.


During Unseen Book Market PhotoQ Bookshop will organise two workshops on making Books, and Maria Friberg will be signing her book Changed Positions at our table on Saturday 19:45 (after her talk).


See all participating publishers: Unseen Book Market.


Available at our table, the book OBJECT ONDER/OBJECT BELOW on the Sanders Collection. See an interview to the Sanders by Unseen: Pieter and Marieke Sanders on Collecting.


Unseen Book Market at Unseen Photo Fair
opening thursday 17 September 18:00-21:00
friday 18 10:00-22:00
Saturday 10:00 - 20:00
Sunday 10:00 17:00
Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam

Volume 2015

/ September 11, 2015

Volume 2015 | Another Art Book Fair will be presented from 11-13 September at Artspace, Sydney, in partnership with Perimeter Books (Melbourne) and Printed Matter, Inc. (New York).  


The first iteration of this biennial fair will have a specific focus on independently produced, artist-led publications and related materials that are responsive, discursive, irreverent, and that function as a creatively  and politically engaged mode of communication.


Several publishers that are distributed by Idea Books will be presented at the stand of Perimeter Books (ROMA, Fw: Books, Art Paper Editions, and more) and the stand of Kinokunya (Seigensha, Little More, Nohara, and more). You can visit them to see the latest publications from the independent publishers we represent in Australia.

Footprint – The Tracks of Shoes in Fashion, exhibition at Modemuseum Antwerp

/ September 1, 2015

The exhibition ‘Footprint – The Tracks of Shoes in Fashion’ opens at MoMu Antwerp on September 3, 2015, telling the story of inspirational and groundbreaking fashion shoes of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
The exhibition shines a light on those fashion and shoe designers who left their footprint on the world of shoes by means of the exquisite and innovative designs they created.

Copyright Bookshop, right in the building of Modemuseum, will show a selection of titles, including the new Shoe Design Handbook and Fashionary Shoe Sketchbook.

Footprint – The Tracks of Shoes in Fashion
ModeMuseum Antwerp
3 Sept 2015 - 14 Feb 2016

Douglas Coupland @ Witte De With

/ August 20, 2015

Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art will present the exhibition Bit Rot by artist and novelist Douglas Coupland. 

Bit Rot is Coupland’s very first large-scale solo exhibition in Europe and will be on view from 11 September 2015 until 3 January 2016. The exhibition presents Coupland’s ‘mindscape’, combining his own work with loans from his personal collection, as well as material stemming from his recent residency at the Google Cultural Institute in Paris.

Published by Witte de With, Bit Rot is a paperback collection of short stories written for the exhibition, which functions as an accompanying work running parallel to the different clusters of art works in the exhibition. Bit Rot will be launched during the opening of the exhibition on 10 September 2015. Soon available at Idea and bookshops worldwide.


Bit Rot – Douglas Coupland
11 September 2015 – 3 January 2016
Witte de With Contemporary Art, Rotterdam (NL)


Artist Talk
Douglas Coupland – Meet the Author at BOZAR
2 September 2015 20:00
BOZAR Brussels (BE)


Artist Talk
Artists in Conversation
10 September 2015, 4–6 pm
Auditorium, Witte de With Rotterdam (NL)


Cocktails & Helvetica
11 September 2015, 5 – 8 pm
Gallery Kromme Elleboog, Rotterdam (NL)

Opening exhibition Ante Timmermans at Be-Part

/ August 20, 2015

Ante Timmermans (1976, BE) is one of the most active figures of the contemporary drawing scene.

During the opening of the exhibition his new book, published by Roma Publications, will be presented.

Ante Timmermans, Drawings (001-806) will soon be available at Idea and bookshops worldwide.

The exhibition at Be-Part will be held until November 1.
In 2016 Ante Timmermans will exhibit solo at GEM Den Haag (NL).

30 August 2015 — 1 November 2015
Be-Part Platform voor Actuele Kunst,

Waregem (BE)

Hellen Van Meene: The Years Shall Run Like Rabbits will open on August 29 at Fotomuseum Den Haag.

/ August 20, 2015

 For the last 20 years, Hellen van Meene (1972) has ranked among the world’s top photographers. Her highly distinctive style and timeless, intimate images of young girls on the brink of adulthood have attracted international acclaim. Solo shows and group exhibitions have won her admirers in places as far away as Japan, Korea and the US. The Hague Museum of Photography now presents the first ever major retrospective of her entire oeuvre. 

The monograph Hellen Van Meene - The Years Shall Run Like Rabbits, is published in Dutch by Graphic Matter / Ludion, and is available at bookstores through Idea. The english edition is published by Aperture.


CNN recently did a special on her work, as well as Dazed, This Is Paper and i-D.


Hellen Van Meene: The Years Shall Run Like Rabbits

Fotomuseum Den Haag (NL)
29 August - 29 November2015

You Say Light, I Think Shadow wins Red Dot Award

/ August 20, 2015

You Say Light, I Think Shadow has won the Red Dot Award for 2015.


The Red Dot Design Award is an international product and communication design prize awarded by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen. Since 1955, designers and producers can apply for the prizes with the winners being presented in an annual ceremony. The international Red Dot jury has chosen the best entries of the year in Communication Design from a total of 7.451 submissions. The ceremony will take place on November 6 in Berlin.

You Say Light, I Think Shadow, a project by Sandra Praun and Aleksandra Stratimirovic, is published by Art And Theory, and is available at (book)stores worldwide through Idea Books.

Tom Callemin wins Prix Levallois

/ August 6, 2015

Launched in 2008, the Levallois Prize upholds its commitment to support contemporary photography.

Open to all forms of photographic expressions, the international Prize welcomes submissions from young photographers aged under 35. 

Tom Callemin’s work is this summer to be seen at Watou Art Festival (BE) until 30/08 and Emergent in Veurne (BE) until end of September. The Levallois prize includes a two-month long exhibition at the Galerie de L’Escale in Levallois in October-November 2015. Callemin is as well a selected FOAM Talent.


His book, published by Art Paper Editions, is available at specialist bookshops through Idea Books.

Mariken Wessels is getting great reviews all over the press on her new book Taking Off

/ July 29, 2015

Through people she met on a journey through the United States, Mariken Wessels gained access to the studio and the entire archive of Henry, as well as full consent over its use. She started redacting the work and rearranging it, so to form an artist's book, in which the audience will be invited to a journey into Henry’s vision of his wife and muse, and to discover the photographic obsessions of Henry, which through encountering them in the book could become our obsessions too.


Fnack magazine(BE), De Witte Raaf (BE) and Het Parool (NL), as well as 1000 WordsCollector Daily and Vice Germany.


See where to get yours: Mariken Wessels: Taking Off. Henry My Neighbor

Annette Behrens at Nederlands Fotomuseum

/ July 29, 2015

Until August 23 you can still visit the exhibition of Annette Behrens: Looking For Karl, at the Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam


The discovery of the so-called Höcker Album in September 2007 made headlines all over the world. From the start, visual artist Annette Behrens was intrigued by the unique photo album: it is the first album ever to show the living conditions and leisure activities of Nazis who were posted to Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II. Owner of the album was SS officer Karl-Friedrich Höcker (1911 – 2000), who worked in Auschwitz as the commandant's aide-de-camp in 1944. The album contains 116 photos from this period showing, among other things, outings by Höcker together with fellow camp personnel and top-ranking officers of the Nazi regime.
Until August 23, the Nederlands Fotomuseum presents Behrens' intensive search for more information surrounding Höcker's identity. In the exhibition Behrens gives the historical visual material with regard to this man a prominent place. Also, the confrontation with her own German background comes to the surface during her research.

Accompanying this exhibition, a book published by FW:Books is available at the museum, and specialist bookshops: Annette Behrens - (In Matter Of) Karl


Annette Behrens
Looking For Karl
Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam (NL)
30 May - 23 August 2015

Triennale Brugge 2015: When small cities grow bigger...

/ July 29, 2015

Contemporary art and architecture in the historical city of Bruges (BE) from May 20th to October 18th.


Every year, five million tourists visit Bruges. What if they all decided to stay? What if a small, preserved, historic city should suddenly become a megapolis?
This is the premise for the Bruges Contemporary Art and Architecture Triennial 2015. Eighteen international artists try to tackle the issues connected with this idea. They created new works that can be viewed on an art trail through the centre of Bruges. With Studio Mumbai, Atelier Bow Wow, Tadashi Kawamata, Michael Wolf and many others.

While in the city, visit a bookshop! They are displaying and selling selected books on the artists/architects.


Triennale Brugge 2015
May 20 - October 18
Bruges, BE


photo ©Sarah Bauwens

Shepard Fairey at CAC Malaga

/ July 28, 2015

The CAC Málaga is presenting the first exhibition on Shepard Fairey in a Spanish museum. 

Shepard Fairey became known in the 1990s when he produced some of his most celebrated works, such as the sticker Andre the Giant Has a Posse (1989), depicting a famous wrestler and which the artist subsequently transformed into the worldwide OBEY GIANT campaign, or the portrait of Obama entitled Hope (2008), which was created to support his candidature for the elections. The present exhibition at the CAC Málaga presents a survey of the artist’s output which ranges from his early work to his most recent.

Your Eyes Here includes more than 300 works by this American artist and offers a survey of 25 years of Fairey’s career, reflecting and exploring the most varied sides of this artist. Accompanying the exhibition CAC Malaga publishes the eponymous catalogue available soon at bookshops worldwide through Idea Books.


Shepard Fairey Your Eyes Here

26 June - 27 September

CAC Malaga, SP

The wonderful Serpentine Pavilion by Selgascano

/ June 25, 2015

In 2015 Serpentine Galleries celebrates the 15th anniversary of the world-renowned Pavilion commission.

Over the past 15 years the Serpentine Pavilion has become an international site for architectural experimentation, presenting inspirational temporary structures by some of the world's greatest architects. A much-anticipated landmark in London each summer, the Pavilion is one of the top-ten most visited architectural and design exhibitions in the world.

Spanish architects Selgascano designed the 15th Serpentine Pavilion. The award-winning studio, headed by José Selgas and Lucía Cano, is the first Spanish architecture practice to be asked to design the temporary Pavilion on the Serpentine’s lawn in London’s Kensington Gardens.

You can find a lot more on their work in the recently published

El Croquis 171: Selgascano 2003-2013


See also





The Guardian

Coming Saturday, May 30: Art Book Sale at Idea Books

/ May 27, 2015

As every year, Idea Books will open its doors to the public, with lots of books on art, architecture, photography and design. Overstocks, samples, slightly damaged books and magazines at very small prices. This year our sale will only be one day, with extended opening times: Saturday May 30 from 10:00 to 18:00. 

We hope to welcome you!

Offprint London at Tate Modern

/ May 19, 2015

Idea Books will be participating in the first Offprint London, at the Tate Modern, with a selection of titles from various publishers.

Among other publishers participating are Roma Publications, Fw: Books, Art Paper Editions, 4478Zine, Occasional Papers, Van Zoetendaal, Valiz and many more.

Join us!


Offprint London

Art Publishing Fair

Tate Modern from 22-25 May 2015

Fri. 18.00-22.00

Sat. 12.00-20.00

Sun/Mon. 12.00-18.00

What Design Can Do conference

/ May 18, 2015

This week Amsterdam will host the 5th edition of What Design Can Do!.
Two days filled with presentations, discussions and workshops on the impact of design on society.
With speakers such as Stefan Sagmeister, Cameron Sinclair, Jonathan Spampinato, Charles Spence, among others, and an exhibition, this year’s edition focuses on themes as Cultural Consciousness, Humanity, Urban Issues and the Senses.


Athenaeum Bookshop wil curate a pop-up (book)store at the event.


What Design Can Do
21 and 22 May 2015
Stadsschouwburg, De Balie and Stedelijk Museum
more info: WhatDesignCanDo

Christien Meindertsma's book launched at matter .of material

/ May 6, 2015

Following a tour through the largest and most energy-efficient waste-to-energy plant in the world, Dutch artist and designer Christien Meindertsma became intrigued with the dark residue leftover by the process of incinerating municipal solid waste.
This project resulted in a book, Bottom Ash Observatory, which will be presented at matter .of material this friday, May 8.


Bottom Ash Observatory will soon be shipping from Idea Books to (book)shops worldwide.


Christien Meindertsma: Bottom Ash Observatory

book launch at matter .of material

Kerkstraat 163
1017 gg Amsterdam

Friday, May 8 2015 at 16:00

Melbourne Art Book Fair

/ April 28, 2015

From the 1st of May till the 3rd the first Melbourne Art Book Fair will take place at the National Gallery of Victoria on 180 St. Kilda Road.  


The 2015 Melbourne Art Book Fair will be the first of a series of annual art book events developed by the NGV. This inaugural fair brings together emerging and established publishers, artists, writers, and designers, and will feature a dynamic program of free talks, forums and performances.


Robyn Ralton will be showcasing the latest books from Idea Books at the Fair. Go and take a look what's new and what will be coming soon.

Extra Extra #4 launch at Athenaeum Nieuwscentrum (Amsterdam)

/ April 14, 2015

On April 23 Athenaeum Nieuwscentrum will host the launch of EXTRA EXTRA #4 with editor-in-chief Samira Ben Laloua, who will be interviewd by Toine Donk, editor-in-chief of DAS MAGAZIN.


Two editors of succesful Dutch independent magazines will talk about the literary aspect of the new issue, what Extra Extra is about and how it is to publish an independent mag in 2015.


This issue offers sweltering stories and images from around the world. Introducing the segment ‘EXTRA EXTRA Musings’ and even more interviews and shorts than before. The contributors scour the streets of Beirut, New York, Bucharest, Brussels, Lisbon, Paris, Madrid, and Mexico City looking to reveal their secrets of erotic mystery.

23 April at 18:30

Athenaeum Nieuwscentrum

Spui, Amsterdam

Server down

/ April 8, 2015

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Yesterday, 7th of April, our server was down the complete day. Today everything seems to work fine again, but there is a chance that your e-mail did not reach us. In case of any doubt, please re-send the e-mail(s) that you did not get an answer to. Sorry for the inconvenience caused.

Sustainable Fashion evening with Kirsi Niinimäki

/ March 27, 2015

Spui25 hosts an evening on Sustainable Fashion in cooperation with Athenaeum Nieuwscentrum and Idea Books.


News about the rapidity, ruthlessness and maleficence of the fashion industry has been widespread. How can we make the fashion industry more sustainable? Finnish researcher Kirsi Niinimäki edited ‘Sustainable fashion, new approaches’, in which she puts forth new tactics to increase sustainability in fashion. She will discuss her ideas with Carlien Helmink (Studio Jux), Linnemore Nefdt (Amsterdam Fashion Institute) and Bert van Son (Mud Jeans).


You can sign up for this program for free. More info: Spui25.nl

Niinimäki’s book will be for sale before and after this program.

Sustainable Fashion Design: New Approaches
April 02, 2015
20:00 - 21:30
Academisch-cultureel Centrum SPUI25
Spui 25, Amsterdam

ArchDaily features Tyin: Behind The Lines

/ March 4, 2015

Arch Daily features TYIN Tegnestue's book, published by Toto, featuring an interview with Andreas Gjertsen:


Behind the Lines by TYIN Tegnestue


from the article:

Andreas Skeide’s Behind the Lines by TYIN Tegnestue details the lifelong journey of architects Yashar Hanstad and Andreas Gjertsen, following their story from their start as students to their transition into professional architecture. The book looks at the logic behind the formation of TYIN Architects and eleven of the resultant projects, highlighting both the successes and the failures along the way. 


Behind the Lines by TYIN Tegnestue is available at bookshops worldwide through Idea Books.

The Most Beautiful Books from all over the world prize

/ March 3, 2015

The exhibition "Best Book Design from all over the World" takes place during the spring Leipzig Book Fair.
Unique of its kind in the world, the annual book design competition “Best Books from all over the World” has been held in Leipzig since 1963.

An independent international jury convenes every year in February in Leipzig with the task of selecting fourteen outstandingly designed books from about 700 of the best books from more than 30 countries: the best of the best. 14 awards are placed at the jury’s disposal whereof the “Goldene Letter” is the highest one, followed by one gold medal, two silver medals, five bronze medals and five honorary appreciations. The award ceremony and reception takes place at the Leipzig Book Fair on March at the exhibition booth of the Stiftung Buchkunst.


In 2015, among others, the highest prizes are:


Goldene Letter
Paul Elliman: Untitled (September Magazine)
Roma Publications/ Vanity Press


Silver Medal
Awoiska van der Molen. Sequester


Bronze Medal
Bruno van den Elshout: New Horizons
The Eriskay Connection


Sturm & Drang

/ February 20, 2015

We are pleased to annouce that Idea Books starts with the distribution of a new photography publisher from Switzerland, Sturm & Drang.

Sturm & Drang produces beautifully designed books from young photographers, but also reprints from long sold out, intimate books by well known photographers like René Groebli.

The Wall Street Journal published a review on the young Chinese/Dutch photographer Xiaoxiao Xu and the series she made with her Hasselblad in China from 2009 to 2013. These series are published in 'The Way to the Golden Mountain', now in stock at Idea. 

CNN features Marie Baronnet's Legends

/ February 16, 2015

from CNN's article Burlesque Legends Still Got It

"Baronnet became interested in burlesque during a trip to Las Vegas in 2011, where she met legendary dancer Dixie Evans. Through the contacts she made there, she reached out to former burlesque dancers across the country and asked if she could come to their homes and photograph them.

They might be over 65, but these former burlesque dancers haven't lost the charisma that made them so desirable in their heyday "


Marie Baronnet is a French photographer based in Los Angeles.

This project took the form of a book Legends: The Living Art Of Risque, published by Andre Frere. This title is available at bookshops worldwide through Idea Books.

Signing sessions at Le Bal

/ February 11, 2015

Thursday the 19th of February at 19h, the Belgian photographers Geert Goiris and Jan Kempenaers will be signing their books published by ROMA Publications at Le Bal in Paris.

Geert Goiris will be signing his major title 'Lying Awake' and the probably very last copies of 'Proliferation' . And Jan Kempenaers, especially well known for his book Spomenik, will sign two of his latest titles, 'Picturesque'  and 'I'm not Tailgating, I'm Drafting'. 

Paul Kooiker exhibition opening and new book launch

/ January 26, 2015

Invisible forces that determine what happens next
Paul Kooiker
Emma van der Put
Rinus Van de Velde

29 January - 28 February, 2015


Opening with launch of Paul Kooiker: Nude Animal Cigar, designed by Jurgen Maelfeyt, published by Art Paper Editions.

Thursday 29 Januari

17.00 - 20.00

Bloemgracht 57, Amsterdam


The eponymous exhibition Paul Kooiker: Nude Animal Cigar took place at Fotomuseum Den Haag between 18-Oct 2014 and 18-Jan-2015.
The book will be available from this week.

Stack Live event: Works That Work at Athenaeum Bookshop (Amsterdam).

/ January 26, 2015

Stack Magazines will host an event at Athenaeum Bookshop featuring Works That Work and a talk with Peter Bil’ak, the founder and editor of WTW. During this event Peter will talk about how the magazine is made, where the stories come from, how they evolve over time and where do the plan to go next.


Works That Work is available through Idea Books and bookshops worldwide.


Thursday 29 January
Athenaeum Bookshop
Spui 14/16 Amsterdam

How We Work: New Dutch Design at Stedelijk Museum ’s-Hertogenbosch

/ January 22, 2015

Between 25 January and 26 May, the Stedelijk Museum  ’s-Hertogenbosch (NL) will present the exhibition How We Work.

Guest curator Tatjana Quax and the museum selected one object by each of fourteen designers to show the process and story of how and why it was made. Fourteen very diverse products will be presented to offer insight into how designers work and think.

How We work will feature work from Studio Formafantasma, Christien Meindertsma, Scholten & Baijings, Joris Laarman, Chris Kabel, Atelier NL
and others.

The book How We Work (by photographer Inga Powilleit and Tatjana Quax) is available through Idea Books and bookshops worldwide.

How We Work: New Dutch Design
25 January - 26 May 2015
Stedelijk Museum 's-Hertogenbosch
De Mortel 4
5211 HV ’s-Hertogenbosch

The Netherlands

photography: Inga Powilleit

Adrian Henri at ICA London

/ January 22, 2015

The ICA London will host from January 27 to March 15 the exhibition First Happenings: Adrian Henri in the ‘60s and '70s. This exhibition offers a focussed look at Adrian Henri’s pioneering role in the ‘happenings movement’ in Britain, setting up the first ‘Event’ in 1962, through to enabling various collaborative events into the 1970s.

A series of events around the exhibition and the newly published Adrian Henri Total Art (Occasional Papers) will take place on 27 January and 28 February:

Curator’s Talk: Adrian Henri by Catherine Marcangeli
Paris-based art historian Catherine Marcangeli does a gallery tour of First Happenings: Adrian Henri in the ‘60s and '70sf. Her talk will deal with Henri's collage and performance work of the 1960s and 1970s.
27 Jan 2015
6:30 pm

Adrian Henri: Performance, Environments and Happenings
On the occasion of exhibition First Happenings: Adrian Henri in the ‘60s and '70s, this panel explores Adrian Henri's work in poetry, music and art. Envisaging his embrace of Total Art as a template for interdisciplinary art practice, panellist re-evaluate Henri's work and his broader significance beyond the labels of ‘Liverpool Poet’ and ‘Pop painter’.
28 Feb 2015
2:00 pm


First Happenings: Adrian Henri in the ‘60s and '70s
27 Jan 2015 – 15 Mar 2015
Institute of Contemporary Arts
The Mall

Ilka and Andreas Ruby at Stroom Den Haag

/ January 15, 2015

On Wednesday January 21, Stroom Den Haag will host a talk by Ilka and Andreas Ruby entitled 'Architecture for you and me!'


Ilka and Andreas Ruby write essays, design books, teach, consult and curate exhibitions in order to create opportunities for people to discover what architecture means in their life. Trained as architects and architecture historians they are the founding partners of Textbild, an agency of architectural communication and Ruby Press. Ruby Press publishes books on architecture, art, and other cultural practices engaged in the production of space in contemporary society.

The books of Ruby Press are distributed by Idea Books internationally and will be available at Stroom.

Stroom Den Haag /The Knight's Move is a series of lectures by eminent international speakers who stand out by their unusual, enlightening and inspirational visions concerning the city, urbanity, the public domain, and community.

Wednesday 21 January 2015, 20:00
Stroom: Hogewal 1-9, The Hague
For reservations and more information: stroom.nl

Stedelijk Book Fair: January 17 and 18

/ January 12, 2015

In the weekend of January 17 and 18 the first book fair of the new year will take place at the Stedelijk, with a special selection of art books from the exhibition On The Move: Storytelling in Contemporary Photography and Graphic Design. The whole weekend the largest exhibition area in the Stedelijk Museum will be filled with publishers presenting their most recent publications.


Idea Books will be present at the fair, in cooperation with San Serriffe.
On Sunday, January 18, a supplementary program will take place in the book fair, the exhibition On The Move, and the Teijin Auditorium. For more info: stedelijk.nl


stedelijk|book fair 2015
January 17 Saturday 12:00 - 18:00
January 18 Sunday 10:00 - 18:00
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Lower Level ABN AMRO Galleries

Ulay: book presentation, performance and screening at the Stedelijk Museum

/ January 7, 2015

The Public Program of the Stedelijk Museum will feature a series of events around Ulay’s recent work and practice, including the new performance A Skeleton in the Closet on January 15, a book launch and public interview with Amelia Jones on January 9, and a screening of the documentary Project Cancer (2013) on January 10.


For the official Amsterdam launch of Whispers: Ulay on Ulay, renowned art historian and performance scholar Amelia Jones will present a keynote lecture on the changing position of performance art. Maria Rus Bojan, curator and co-author of Whispers: Ulay on Ulay with Alessandro Cassin, will then introduce the publication and its research premises. The afternoon concludes with a conversation between Ulay and Amelia Jones, focusing more on his contemporary work. Ulay is also available for a book signing.


Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Book launch and lecture: 9 January 2015, 16:00 - 17:45

Film screening Project Cancer: 10 January, 13:00 - 17:00 

Performance A Skeleton in the Closet: 15 January, 20:00 - 20:30

Erik Hijweege - Endangered

/ December 19, 2014

The Red List of endangered species of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), now existing for 50 years, inspired Erik Hijweege to make photographs of animals from this list. The results can be seen at the Natuur Historisch Museum in Rotterdam and in his recently published book Endangered. The Dutch press reviewed both the exhibition and book extensively and enthousiastically, as can be seen and read in National Geographic, de Volkskrant, NRC Handelsblad, and Focus. But the mystery of how he got the animals in the ice-blocks is not revealed.

NL Architects book presentation at Frozen Fountain in Amsterdam

/ December 17, 2014

On December 19 The Frozen Fountain will present the new book published by Damdi on the work of NL Architects: DD 41 NL Architects: Mash Up!

For the occasion Cityscapes Gallery will present some of NL Architects' recent work out of the series BIM is Beautiful. A signed edition DD 41 NL Architects + BIM is Beautiful drawing will be available.


Frozen Fountain

Prinsengracht 645, Amsterdam

December 19, 17:00 - 19:00

Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant publishes an item on photo books

/ December 3, 2014

Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant publishes today a special on the prolific photobook publishing scene in The Netherlands.


From the article: " My experience so far tells me that the focus on photo books will become more and more intense. The medium book is the summum of photography. In a time where photos are created and viewed mainly on a digital format, is the appearance of the book the first magical moment where the image becomes tangible." (Teun van der Heyden, photobook designer)


Among other titles we distribute, are on De Volkskrant's article: Rob Philip: Realm, Erik van der Weijde: Home is Where The Dog Is, Jos Jansen: Seeds, Otto Snoek: Ukrainian Crossroads, Awoiska van Der Molen: Sequester, Stephen Keppel: Entree Entree, Petra Stavast: Ramya, Diana Scherer: Maedchen and Reinout van den Bergh: The Miners From Beringen.

Time picks the best photobooks of 2014

/ December 1, 2014

Tiergarten by Johannes Schwartz and Rafal Milach's The Winners are on the list of TIME's "27 photobooks that defined 2014".


from Time’s Lightbox:
“In 2014, photo book collecting continued to thrive with even more photographers than ever breaking traditional formats and leveling the hierarchy of traditional publishing platforms by taking on all aspects of controlling and presenting their own work via self publishing.
(…)In this gallery, we spotlight the best photobooks of the past year as chosen by photographers and photography experts from around the world and, of course, by our photo editors at TIME. This is not a comprehensive list. Instead, these are personal choices made with the agonizing rule of selecting just one photobook for 2014 in its entirety.”


The Winners by Rafal Milach, published by GOST, was selected by Alexander Ho, Digital Art Director, TIME.
Tiergarten by Johannes Schwartz, Published by Roma, was selected by David Strettell, founder and owner of Dashwood Books. 


Also on the list: Takashi Homma New Documentary (2011) and Lisa Kereszi: The More I Learn About Women, published by J&L. These four titles available at bookstores (and) through Idea Books.

Modern Times: an exhibition at the Rijksmuseum

/ December 1, 2014

Running from 1 November 2014 – 11 January 2015, 'Modern Times. Photography in the 20th Century' will be the Rijksmuseum’s first ever photography exhibition to showcase the outstanding collection of 20,000 20th-century works that it has amassed since deciding in 1994 to extend its photographic holdings beyond the 19th century. In a display of more than 400 images, the exhibition will trace photography’s key developments during the 20th century, including the introduction of colour, the growth of documentary and news photography, and photography as a pure art form. A wide-ranging overview, it will also explore photography’s role in fashion and advertising and will feature some amateur works.


The exhibition catalogue Modern Times: Photography in the 20th Century, presents an overview of twentieth century photography in all its facets, from pure documentary to autonomous art.


Modern Times. Photography in the 20th Century

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

November 1 2014 - January 11 2015

Coming Thursday at San Serriffe: Tiergarten by Johannes Schwartz

/ November 19, 2014

Tiergarten, published by Roma Publications in a limited edition of 250 copies, is part of the exhibition On The Move, an exhibition on the relationship between photography and graphic design.

Tiergarten is an artist book with photographs of mainly animal food in Moscow's city zoo, intuitively color printed in risograph by Johannes Schwartz. When it came to printing the images, Schwartz experimented by changing the dithering settings and applying an unorthodox use of colors, which generated surprising color palettes. In effect, Schwartz used the machine as a painting tool, allowing chance to define the outcome and exploiting the unusual results to the full. Designed by Experimental Jetset.


at San Serriffe, Amsterdam

20 November 2014

19:30 - 21:30

This week: we will be present at Offprint Paris

/ November 10, 2014

Offprint Paris is an art-publishing fair featuring discerning publishers on art, photography, design and experimental music labels. This year’s edition showcases more than 130 publishers from over 20 countries, the exhibition ‘Disarming Design from Palestine’, talks and signings.

Idea Books will be present, representing publishers such as Eriskay, Art & Theory, Ivorypress, Lecturis, Occasional Papers, Peperoni, and others.


Join us for special signing sessions:

Friday November 14 at 17:00 Chloe Dewe Mathews will be signing her book 'Shot at Dawn'
published by Ivorypress

Saturday November 15 at 17:00 Thomas Vanden Driessche will be signing his book 'How to
Become a Photographer in Four Lessons', published by André Frère Éditions

This year, Offprint’s publishers selection has been curated by Yannick Bouillis, Charlotte Cheetham and Maxime Guitton.


Beaux-Arts de Paris,

14 – 16 November 2014:
Friday: 1pm – 9 pm
Saturday: 11am – 7pm
Sunday: 11am – 7pm

14 Rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris

Le Bal Paris presents Dirk Braeckman until January

/ November 6, 2014

LE BAL presents the first major exhibition in France of Dirk Braeckman, a foremost figure in contemporary Flemish photography.

At first view, Dirk Braeckman makes photographs in the simplest possible way: he doesn't go in search of remarkable subjects or extraordinary places but photographs whatever happens to be there, using a 35mm camera, often from a frontal perspective and at eye level. Yet his images, which have little narrative content or story-telling value, are never a direct representation of reality.


The book Dirk Braeckman, published by Roma in 2011, is available at the exhibition venue and through Idea Books.


from November 7 to January 4 2015
at LeBal, Paris