What they Saw:

/ November 15, 2021

"What They Saw: Historical Photobooks by Women, 1843–1999" is the winner of 2021 PhotoBook Award for Photography Catalogue of the Year!

The winner of the Photography Catalogue of the Year, What They Saw: Historical Photobooks by Women, 1843–1999 by Russet Lederman and Olga Yatskevich, features a selection of 250 photobooks, including traditional publications (from landmark titles to largely unknown works), as well as items not generally considered “books”—portfolios, personal albums, scrapbooks, and zines. Final juror Fannie Escoulen commented that this project is important to recognize for its “extensive, original research and the contributions it makes to the history of photography,” noting that the photobook is historically grounded in the production of a female photographer, Anna Atkins. “In What They Saw, the design, the research and discoveries come together to make a great book,” Escoulen concluded. (source Aperture Paris Photo Photobook Award)

The Aperture ParisPhoto awards shortlist

/ October 4, 2021

The Paris Photo—Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards celebrate the photobook's contributions to the evolving narrative of photography, with three major categories: First PhotoBook, PhotoBook of the Year, and Photography Catalogue of the Year.

“This year’s submissions faced more than eighteen months of unprecedented production challenges and the uncertainty of another important element in bookmaking—the ability of artists, publishers, and their collaborators to come together,” observed juror Sonel Breslav. “It’s inspiring to witness the resilience of these artists, subjects, and communities."

A final jury will gather at Paris Photo this November to select the winners for all three categories. From there, the shortlisted and winning titles will be profiled in The PhotoBook Review and exhibited in Paris, New York, and tour internationally thereafter. 

We are proud to represent these shortlisted:


First PhotoBook

Wiosna van Bon
Family Stranger
Eriskay Connection, Breda, Netherlands


Luke Le
What are you looking for?
Perimeter Editions, Melbourne, Australia


Jana Hartmann
Mastering the Elements
Eriskay Connection, Breda, Netherlands


PhotoBook of the Year

Lora Webb Nichols
Encampment, Wyoming
Fw:Books, Amsterdam


Photography Catalogue of the Year

What They Saw: Historical Photobooks by Women, 1843–1999
Russet Lederman and Olga Yatskevich, eds.
10×10 Photobooks, New York


The 2021 PhotoBook Award winners will be announced during Paris Photo on Friday, November 12, 2021.


Unseen Book Market 2021

/ September 15, 2021

From 17th through 19th September 2021, Unseen Photo Fair will take place in the industrial surroundings of Westergas culture park again. After several years of experimentation in form - an extended festival, a magazine and an online platform - Unseen will return to its original form again, the fair. 

Idea Books will be present at Unseen Book Market representing publishers such as Art and Theory Publishing, De Hef, Disko Bay, Nazar Publishing, Perimeter Editions, Rollo Press, Rue du Bouquet, Torch Press and many more! The Book Market will also be the occasion for presenting two brand new titles by Dutch photographers Fleur van Dodewaard and Anne Geene, respectively: Left Hand Right Hand (published by Torch Press) and Book of Plants (published by De Hef).

We are looking forward to welcoming you at Unseen!

Unseen Photo Fair

September 17-19 2021

Friday 17 September: 11:00 – 21:00
Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 September 11:00 – 19:00

Westergas Klönneplein
1014 DD Amsterdam

Our Yearly SALE is coming!

/ August 5, 2021

Our Yearly SALE is coming:


IDEA BOOKS ART BOOK SALE (+ architecture, design, photo, fashion...)

 Open to Public Warehouse Sale of samples, damaged stock and overstocks

Saturday August 28

10.00 - 18.00

At the Houthavens! 


Covid-proof! We make it safe here and you comply to the health protocols:

* keep 1.5m distance at all times

* please wear a face-mask

* not everyone will be allowed in at the same time

* handgel + soap will be available and recommended

* one way route inside our warehouse

* no use of toilet

We have a 8m high building with a big door for lots of fresh air.


See you in August!


Can't wait? You can meanwhile support your local bookstore by READING BOOKS, BUYING BOOKS, BUYING LOCAL - your favourite bookstore is there to help and inspire you!


Please note we are selling slightly damaged books and samples, NOT online.


Idea Books

Nieuwe Hemweg 6R - 1013BG Amsterdam, Houthavens

Free Parking Space! 

Support your Local Bookshop

/ January 20, 2021

'Ik steun mijn boekhandel' means 'I support my [local] bookshop' and is a campaign by CPNB to support local bookshops in the Netherlands, where stores have been forced to close their doors since December 15 due to the spreading of the corona virus. Authors, publishers and bookshops alike are sharing this message with their followers and customers, to emphasize the importance of supporting local businesses during these difficult times. 


Idea Books still ships stock to bookshops worldwide, also to the ones that are temporarily closed, they are still selling books! In our area booksellers jump on their bikes for local deliveries. So if you are looking for a book, please contact your local reseller by phone or email, or order from their website. They need your support in order to survive and to be able to re-open once the situation allows it, and so that customers can once again browse books in a brick and mortar shop.


You can also ask us to re-direct you to a bookshop in your area that may stock our titles. #supportyourlocalbookshop #steunjeboekhandel #supportlocal

The Paris-Photo Photobook Awards 2020 shortlist

/ December 3, 2020

Paris Photo and Aperture Foundation announce the shortlist for the 2020 Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards, celebrating the photobook’s contributions to the evolving narrative of photography, with three major categories: First PhotoBook, PhotoBook of the Year, and Photography Catalogue of the Year.
The exhibition of the shortlisted books will be on view December 2 through 24 at Delpire & Co in Paris, 13 rue de l'Abbaye.

Among the shortlisted for

Thomas Kuijpers
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The laureates will be announced December 4 at 2pm.
Online Talk Series Celebrating the PhotoBook Awards will follow on december 5 and 6.

Virtual Art Book Fair 2020 Tokyo

/ November 18, 2020

Due to the world-wide pandemic the TABF had to be cancelled this year. Instead the organizers decided to hold a virtual art book fair, including the scheduled exhibitions on Dutch booksdesign.


Idea Books is joining the Virtual Art Book Fair in Tokyo, from November 16 until November 23. You can find our virtual presence on the web-site of the VABF:



Save the Date: our yearly SALE will take place in August

/ June 25, 2020

Our Yearly SALE will take place August 29 + 30.


IDEA BOOKS ART BOOK SALE (+ architecture, design, photo, fashion...)


Open to Public Warehouse Sale of samples, damaged stock and overstocks

August 29-30

11.00 - 18.00

This year at our new address, where you can browse books safely and keep 1.5m distance!


We will respect Covid-19 safety norms:

* not everyone will be allowed in at the same time

* handgel + soap will be available and recommended

* one way route inside our warehouse

* no use of toilet


But the books will be extra cheap and we have a 8m high building with a big door for lots of fresh air.


See you in August!


Can't wait? You can meanwhile support your local bookstore by READING BOOKS, BUYING BOOKS, BUYING LOCAL - your favourite bookstore is there to help and inspire you!


Please note we are selling slightly damaged books and samples, NOT online.


Idea Books

Nieuwe Hemweg 6R - 1013BG Amsterdam, Houthavens

Free Parking Space! 

Support your local bookshop by buying from them online

/ March 18, 2020

Art Book Lovers unite!
With the lock-down in many countries due to the outbreak of the corona virus many bookshops and museums are closed to the public.
But you can support your local bookshop by ordering with them online!
Through these difficult times this will be much appreciated and you’ll get your goodies right at your door.
You can find stockists of our titles in your own country in the list under each title with a link to their website.
Even with doors closed, many bookstores are there to help you find the book you need and shipping it to the comfort your home.
Do not support big money, support instead passion and knowledge of art and books. #supportyourlocalbookstore #supportyourlocalbookshop

Bronze Medal For American Origami: The Best Book Design from all over the World 2020

/ March 2, 2020

The annual book design competition “Best Books from all over the World” has been held in Leipzig since 1963. The international competition assesses books which have previously been judged and singled out for merit by specialist panels in their respective countries of origin.
The exhibition »Best Book Design from all over the World« takes place during the spring Leipzig Book Fair. All books submitted to the international competition are shown there; per year about 700 titles. The exhibition »Book Art International« can be seen during the autumn Frankfurt Book Fair.

In 2020, Bronze Medal:
Andres Gonzalez American Origami
Design: Hans Gremmen
Print: Grafiplaza, Amsterdam
Publisher: Fw:Books,

Honorary Appreciation
Elspeth Diederix When Red Disappears (out of print)
Design: Hans Gremmen
Print: robstolk®, Amsterdam
Fw:Books, Amsterdam


Stiftung Buchkunst

Best Dutch Book Designs 2019

/ March 2, 2020

The thirty-three Best Dutch Book Designs 2019 have been announced. A total of 278 entries were assessed for their distinctive qualities by a panel of experts looking for outstanding work in such areas as content, design, picture editing, typography, choice of materials, printing and binding. The thirty-three books selected can be admired in an exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam to be held in the autumn, coinciding with the publication of this year’s catalogue. The results of the deliberations, made by a panel consisting of five students at leading Dutch colleges and academies in the field of graphic design, will be made known in July.
From the selected 33 books we are proud to distribute 14:


Andres Gonzalez – American Origami
Design: Hans Gremmen| Production: Fine Books (Jos Morree), Colour and Books (Sebastiaan Hanekroot), Grafiplaza, Agia & Lith | Publisher: Fw:Books

Alexis Adler e.a. – Basquiat: The Artist and his New York Scene (out of print)
Design: Raw Color (Daniera ter Haar, Christoph Brach, Tijs van Nieuwenhuysen) | Production: Tuijtel | Publisher: SCHUNCK  

Walid Raad – Better Be Watching The Clouds / I Want To Be Able To Welcome My Father To My House
Design: Roger Willems, Walid Raad| Production: Zwaan Lenoir, Boekbinderij Patist | Publisher: Roma Publications

Mariko Kuwahara – Burning Love
Design: Ayumi Higuchi| Production: Fine Books (Jos Morree), Wilco Art Books | Publisher: Torch Press

Karianne Bueno – Doug’s Cabin
Design: PutGootink| Production: marg Gijzen, Zwaan Lenoir, Stronkhorst Boekbinders | Publisher: The Eriskay Connection

Maria Dabrowski – Odslonic
Design: Studio Another Day| Production: ArtLibro, Cassochrome, Sepeli | Self-published

Mirjam Westen (ed.) –  Rattle! Rattle! Ide André
Design: Team Thursday| Production: Bert F.C. Van der Horst, Graphius (BE)| Publisher: Jap Sam Books i.s.m. Sieger White Foundation, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds

Erik Hinterding e.a. – Rembrandt x Rijksmuseum
Design: Irma Boom | Production: BFC Bert van der Horst, Wilco Art Books | Publisher: Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

Henk Wildschut – Rooted
Design: Robin Uleman| Production: Marc Gijzen, NPN Drukkers, Boekbinderij Patist | Self-published

Kees Christiaanse, Anna Gasco, Naomi C. Hanakata – The Grand Projet
Design: SJG (Joost Grootens, Carina Schwake, Julie da Silva, Megan Adé)|Production: UNICUM | Gianotten Printed Media | Publisher: nai010 Publishers

Inge Meijer – The Plant Collection
Design: Roger Willems, Dongyoung Lee| Production: Roger Willems, Wilco Art Books | Publisher: Roma Publications

Michael Ashkin – Were it not for
Design: Hans Gremmen| Production: Wilco Art Books | Publisher: Fw:books

Elspeth Diederix – When Red Disappears  (out of print)
Design: Hans Gremmen| Production: robstolk®, Boekbinderij Patist | Publisher: Fw:Books

Remy Jungerman – Where the River Runs
Design: Mainstudio (Edwin van Gelder, Florian Schimanski)| Production: robstolk®, boekbinderij Patist | Publisher: Jap Sam Books

Printing Plant 2019

/ November 21, 2019

In conjunction with Amsterdam Art Weekend, 22 - 24 November 2019, Looiersgracht 60 presents the second edition of Printing Plant - an intimate three-day art book fair for like-minded, independent publishers and interested audiences. With over 80 (inter)national publishers, Printing Plant presents a selection of artist editions, catalogues, books, monographs, periodicals and zines as well as wide program of talks, book launches, lectures and workshops thematically divided into two general categories: Politics of Publishing and (Dis)appearance. We will be present, cooperating with San Serriffe (Amsterdam).


Official Opening
22 November 17:00 – 20:00

General Opening Times
Friday 22 November: 12:00-20:00
Saturday 23 November: 12:00-20:00
Sunday 24 November: 12:00-20:00
Admission: Free


For the program overview see Printing Plant.

Offprint Paris 2019

/ November 4, 2019

This year, Offprint Paris celebrates its 10th anniversary!

Presenting 160 international publishers from visual arts, design to social science with an exceptional selection of publications. 

On the program: publishers and artists' talks, book signings, musical performances, carte blanche to the Inrockuptibles magazine, and a live radio set in the heart of the fair.

We will be present, cooperating with Librairie Volume, and showing publishers as Perimeter Editions, The Eriskay Connection, Garret Publications, 10x10 PhotoBooks, Book Works, Rough Trade Books, Hato Press, Art & Theory and many self published titles including several shortlisted for the Aperture/Paris Photo 2019 book awards.


École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris
14 rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris

Thursday 7 Nov: 5pm – 9pm

Friday 8 Nov: 1pm – 9pm

Saturday 9 Nov: 11am – 7pm

Sunday 10 Nov: 11am – 6pm

Admission Pass valid for the four days: 5€

For more info

The Best Dutch Book Designs 2018

/ October 9, 2019

The thirty-three Best Dutch Book Designs 2018 have been announced. 

This year a total of 295 entries were assessed for their distinctive qualities by a panel of experts looking for outstanding work in areas such as content, design, picture editing, typography, choice of materials, printing, and binding. Until 30 October 2019, the selected books can be viewed at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. This year’s panel of judges consisted of Michaël Snitker, Mijke Wondergem, Eelco van Welie, Martijn Kicken, and Suzanna Héman. From the 33 books on the list, we are proud to distribute:


Christian van der Kooy Anastasiia 

Design: Rob van Hoesel - Publisher: The Eriskay Connection

Archive Species

Design: Elisabeth Klement - Publisher: Valiz 

Atlas of the Copenhagens 

Design: Studio Joost Grootens (Joost Grootens, Dimitri Jeannottat) - Publisher: Ruby Press

 Dreaming Awake

Design: João Doria - Publisher: Marres 

Yael Davids Dying is a Solo

Design: Mevis & van Deursen - Publisher: Roma Publications

Nicolas Floc’h – Glaz

Design: Roger Willems| - Publisher: Roma Publications

Hard Werken. One for All 

Design: 75B - Publisher: Valiz

Natascha Libbert - I Went Looking for a Ship

Design: Michael Snitker - Publisher: The Eriskay Connection

Marijn Bax – MAR

Design: Mevis & van Deursen - Publisher: Fw:Books

Anaïs López – The Migrant

Design: Teun van der Heijden – Self Published

Plan and Play, Play and Plan 

Design: Laura Pappa - Publisher: Valiz

Rein Jelle Terpstra –Robert F. Kennedy Funeral Train

Design: Jeremy Jansen - Publisher: Fw:Books

Show Yourself (Benno Premsela & Yvonne Jòris)

Design: Haller Brun - Publisher: nai010

Street Architecture. Work by Hans van der Heijden

Design: Haller Brun - Publisher: Hans van der Heijden Architect

Gerard Unger Theory of Type Design

Design: Hansje van Halem - Publisher: nai010

Dana Lixenberg Tupac Biggie

Design: Mevis & van Deursen - Publisher: Roma Publications

Rosie Heinrich –We Always Need Heroes

Design: Hans Gremmen - Publisher: Fw:Books


The catalogue Best Dutch Book Designs 2018 includes detailed information about each publication, its technical execution, and unique insights into the significant aspects that made each one a cut above the rest. Now available through Idea Books.

More info.

The Aperture 2019 PhotoBook Awards Shortlist

/ September 25, 2019

Established in 2012, the Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards celebrate the photobook’s contribution to the evolving narrative of photography, with three major categories: First PhotoBook, Photography Catalogue of the Year, and PhotoBook of the Year.

The Shortlist for the 2019 Awards has been announced, and we are proud to distribute :

First PhotoBook

Marwan Bassiouni New Dutch Views Lecturis


Andres Gonzalez American Origami - Fw:Books/Light Work


Bardhi Haliti May 25 is now October 1 - Cpress


Csilla Klenyanszki Pillars of Home Self-published


Drew Nikonowicz This World and Others Like It - Fw:Books/Yoffy Press


PhotoBook of the Year 

Mari Katayama Gift United Vagabonds


Henk Wildschut Rooted Self-published


Jurors’ Special Mention–Books About Books

The jury remarked on the extremely strong showing of books about photobooks and magazines—a now established genre in itself. Instead of selecting a single “book about books,” they chose to highlight the following eight books as excellent examples of this type of publishing.

How We See: Photobooks by Women 
Russet Lederman, Olga Yatskevich, and Michael Lang, eds.

10×10 Photobooks

Unseen Amsterdam 2019

/ September 12, 2019

Unseen Amsterdam, returns for its 8th edition from September 20-22, 2019. Unseen Amsterdam is an event that lies between an art fair and a contemporary photography festival that showcases the latest developments in the field of contemporary photography practices. 

With over 25,000 visitors each year, the festival presents 53 international galleries, exhibitions, a speakers programme, (photo)book market, on-site projects and events throughout the city.

We will be present at the bookmarket, representing publishers as Rollo Press, Seigensha, RoughTrade Books, Flaneur, 10X10 Photobooks, Book Works, Edition Taube, Perimeter Editions and more!


Unseen Amsterdam 


September 20-22 2019

Friday: 11:30 - 21:00 
Saturday: 11:30 - 20:00 
Sunday: 11:30 - 17:00

Westergasterrein Amsterdam


The New York Art Book Fair 2019

/ September 12, 2019

Held at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, the 2019 NY Art Book Fair will host 369 exhibitors from 31 countries, including a broad range of artists and collectives, small presses, institutions, galleries, antiquarian booksellers, and distributors. Free and open to the public, the event draws more than 40,000 individuals including book lovers, collectors, artists, and art world professionals each year. With a commitment to diversity and representation, the fair will serve as a meeting place for an extended community of publishers and book enthusiasts, as well as a site for dialogue and exchange around all facets of arts publishing.

We will be present, showing books from publishers as Fw:Books, Seigensha, O.OO Riso, Edition Taube, Book Works, Rollo Press, K.Verlag and more!

NY Art Book Fair

September 20–22, 2019
Opening Night: September 19

22-25 Jackson Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101


Opening hours
Friday, September 20, 1 pm–7 pm

Saturday, September 21, 11 am–8 pm

Sunday, September 22, 11 am–7 pm
Free entrance

Teamlid gezocht

/ July 10, 2019

Idea Books is een internationale distributeur van boeken over hedendaagse kunst, architectuur, fotografie en design. Wij vertegenwoordigen veel onafhankelijke uitgevers en instellingen en verspreiden hun publicaties naar boekhandels, museumwinkels en internet boekhandels over de hele wereld.


Wij zoeken een teamlid voor ca 24 uur in de week.


Wat ga je doen?
Als financieel medewerker in onze kleine organisatie ben je verantwoordelijk voor debiteurenadministratie, logistieke systemen en financiële controle. Je komt in contact met o.a. boekhandels en transporteurs.
Je werkt hiervoor nauw samen met de de hoofd financieën.


We zoeken een nauwkeurig persoon met verstand van zaken, voor wie Excel en online boekhouding programma's geen geheimen kennen. Je bent zorgvuldig, oplettend, flexibel, zelfstandig.


Wij vragen:
• Een relevante, afgeronde opleiding
• Goede communicatieve vaardigheden
• Uitstekende beheersing van de Nederlandse en Engelse taal, iedere andere taal is een pré


We hebben een voorkeur voor iemand die:

• Affiniteit met kunst en boeken heeft
• Diverse adhoc (financiële) werkzaamheden kan uitvoeren


Wij bieden
• Een veelzijdige functie met grote mate van zelfstandigheid voor ca 24u per week
• Werkdagen in overleg, mag ook halve dagen
• Veel verantwoordelijkheid en ruimte voor eigen inbreng
• Mooie werkervaring binnen een klein team


Idea Books is een informeel bedrijf waar de medewerkers participeren in alle aspecten van de bedrijfsvoering.


Reacties inclusief CV voor 15 Augustus per e-mail aan idea@ideabooks.nl, of per brief aan
Idea Books, Nieuwe Hemweg 6R, 1013BG Amsterdam

Elspeth Diederix When Red Disappears

/ June 21, 2019

For her series 'When Red Disappears' Elspeth Diederix, ventured into the secret gardens of the Dutch waters in Zeeland. The benthic flora and fauna of this chilly, turbid, green-grey water turned out to display an extraordinary visual richness that was a perfect complement to the large body of botanical work that Diederix has made in gardens and parks. Enthused and inspired, she took on the ordeal of diving there in order to make underwater photographs of the astonishing colour formations revealed by her lights. 

Elspeth Diederix - When Red Disappears is designed by Hans Gremmen and published by Fw:Books, now shipping.


Until September 1 you can visit the exhibition When Red Disappears at

Huis Marseille

June 8 to September 1

Keizersgracht 401, Amsterdam

See also: De Volkskrant (in Dutch).

Our warehouse sale is coming!

/ May 20, 2019

Piles of books, some lightly damaged, samples and overstocks, art, architecture, photography, design, beautiful books at VERY small prices!

Please bring cash...

Come see us at our former address/new address of Roma Publications + Fw:Books and find out as well about projects happening there in the future!


Art Book SALE

Saturday May 25 - Sunday May 26

10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Nieuwe Herengracht 11


Soepboer & Stooker Jubileum edition

/ May 15, 2019

Soepboer & Stooker was shop/studio/gallery based on the concept of ‘all-inclusive fashion’ concerning textiles and clothing. Exclusive fashion from young designers and established labels like BLESS, Marloes Blaas, and Reality Studio were available as well as books, magazines and accessories.

For one day and to celebrate their 10 year cooperation Soepboer & Stooker are back! 

Showcasing distinguishing designers and photographers with a closet sale, photography exhibition by Marie Wanders, DIY tattoo parlour and an exciting new collaboration with Bonne Suits. 
And an exclusive selection of Idea Books' titles.

Soepboer & Stooker jubileum edition X Sexyland

Sunday, 19 May 2019 from 15:00 till late

Sexyland, Amsterdam

Offprint London

/ May 7, 2019

Returning for its fifth edition at Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, Offprint London will bring together around 170 independent and experimental publishers in the fields of contemporary art, photography and graphic design from around the world.
Across the weekend, there will be a programme of book signings, talks and workshops, co-produced with Tate and Photoworks.

We will be present, in cooperation with Art Data UK, and representing, among others, Rollo Press, Eriskay, Seigensha, Nai010 Publishers, 10x10 Photobooks, Case, Uh Books and many more!

Offprint London 2019
17 – 19 May
Tate Modern, Turbine Hall

Friday 17 May: 14:00 – 22:00
Saturday 18 May: 11:00 – 22:00
Sunday 19 May: 11:00 – 18:00

The Stockholm Art Book Fair

/ April 9, 2019

The Stockholm Art Book Fair, after two years of absence, brings together Scandinavian and international publishers focusing on art, theory, and aesthetics to present their latest publications and to exchange ideas and insights. The Fair aims to create a meeting place for art book enthusiasts to encounter exceptional publications and get first-hand exposure to some of the most interesting contemporary publishing houses.


Presented by Art and Theory Publishing in collaboration with Beckmans College of Design, emphasizing the interrelation between the two fields. This cooperation plays a central role in the current edition of the Fair reflected in the three elements of the international event: the fair itself, the programming, and the student exhibition. We will be present, in cooperation with Art and Theory Publishing and representing several publishers like Roma Publications, Valiz, RVB, Rollo Press and others. 

Stockholm Art Book Fair

12 to 14 April 2019

Beckmans College of Design 

Brahegatan 10, Stockholm


Friday 11:00–19:00,

Saturday 11:00–18:00

Sunday 11:00–18:00.

We are Moving!

/ March 11, 2019


Dear customers, suppliers, followers and friends: we are moving!


Please notice our new address:

Nieuwe Hemweg 6R
1013 BG Amsterdam


Our office and warehouse will consequently be closed from March 15 to March 22, 2019.

We will not be able to process any shipments during this period. 

Thank you for your patience, and our apologies for any inconvenience.

Our email, website and tel. number remain the same.




the Idea Books team



deVolkskrant selects the 10 Most Beautiful Dutch Photobooks

/ December 5, 2018

Every year Dutch newspaper deVolkskrant selects the 10 most beautiful photobooks from the Netherlands (according to the deVolkskrant's team). This year, none less than 8 are proudly distributed by us!


See where to get yours!


Investigation Of Love - Lilia Luganskaia

Christian Van Der Kooy - Anastasiia She Folds Her Memories Like A Parachute

Rein Jelle Terpstra - Robert F. Kennedy Funeral Train, The People's View

Citizen Of Two Worlds By Samuel And Henk Otte

Anne Geene And Arjan De Nooy: The Universal Photographer

Jos Jansen - Universe

Anais Lopez - The Migrant

Paul Kooiker Eggs And Rarities


more (in Dutch): deVolkskrant 

photo: Beeld Studio V

Printing Plant Art Book Fair

/ November 22, 2018

Organised and hosted by Looiersgracht60, the first edition of Printing Plant showcases the work of over 80 international publishers. The Art Book Fair is accompanied by a public programme including talks, book launches and workshops.

Idea Books will be present, in cooperation with San Serriffe.

We will showcase titles from Art Paper Editions, RVB Books, Taube, Torch Press among others and several self published books.

Printing Plant is open throughout Amsterdam Art weekend.


Printing Plant Art Book Fair 

Looiersgracht 60, Amsterdam


23 November: 12:00-21:00/ official opening 17:00-21:00
24 November: 12:00-20:00
25 November: 12:00-20:00

The Aperture and Paris Photo 2018 PhotoBook Awards Shortlist

/ November 1, 2018

The 2018 PhotoBook Awards Shortlist
Aperture and Paris Photo announce the shortlist for the 2018 PhotoBook Awards.

Established in 2012, the Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards celebrate the photobook’s contribution to the evolving narrative of photography, with three major categories: First PhotoBook, Photography Catalogue of the Year, and PhotoBook of the Year.

Shortlisted from our publishers, in First PhotoBook shortlist


Esther Hovers
False Positives
Fw:Books, Amsterdam


Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa
One Wall a Web
Roma Publications, Amsterdam

Offprint Paris 2018

/ November 1, 2018

Offprint Paris takes place from 8 – 11 November 2018. Returning for its ninth edition at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris, the fair will bring together around 170 international publishers from contemporary art, photography and design. 


Throughout the weekend, Offprint will present a program of meetings and workshops. 

 We will be present, working together with Librairie Volume.

On our table, among others, books from Seigensha, Sturm & Drang, Lecturis, MacGuffin, Eriskay Connection, Uh Books, Atelier Hoko and several self-published books.



Offprint Paris

Thursday 8 November: 5pm – 9pm

Friday 9 November: 1pm – 9pm

Saturday 10 November: 11am – 7pm

Sunday 11 November: 11am – 6pm


Hannes Wanderer

/ September 13, 2018

We are saddened by the news that Hannes Wanderer has passed away. Hannes was the publisher of Peperoni Books and owner of 25 Books in Berlin. He has published some of the nicest photography books we have distributed over the years. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends. He will be missed. 


image from Gerry Badger's It Was a Grey Day, published by Peperoni Books in 2015

Unseen Amsterdam 2018

/ September 12, 2018

Unseen is the leading platform for contemporary photography. Exclusively focusing on what’s new in the photography world, Unseen provides a channel for up-and-coming talent to showcase their work. Unseen Amsterdam brings together the international photography community to discuss and debate the directions in which the photographic medium is evolving.

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. The shortlisted selection of this year’s Unseen Dummy Award will also be on show for visitors to browse through. The winner, announced on September 21 at 16.00, will have their book published by Lecturis and distributed internationally by Idea Books.


We will be at the Book Market, cooperating with PhotoQ and presenting publishers such as Valiz, Rollo Press/Yellow Pages, Amana, Seigensha, Peperoni Books, Perimeter Books and many more. 


Unseen Amsterdam
21-23 September 2018
Friday: 11.00 - 21.00
Saturday: 11.00 - 20.00
Sunday: 11.00 - 17.00

The New York Art Book Fair

/ September 12, 2018

Printed Matter’s NY Art Book Fair (NYABF) is the leading international gathering of artists’ books, celebrating the full breadth of the art publishing community. Free and open to the public, the event draws more than 35,000 individuals including book lovers, collectors, artists, and art world professionals each year. In 2018, the NYABF will host 365 exhibitors from around the world featuring a wide variety of works – from zines and artists’ books to antiquarian books and contemporary art editions. We will be at U01, presenting several independent publishers such as Rollo Press, The Green Box, Editions B42, Occasional Papers, Little Steidl, Peperoni Books and many others.

Signing session: on Saturday September 22 Stephanie Buhmann will be signing
New York Studio Conversations II - Twenty-One Women Talk About Art


NYABF 2018
Preview Thursday, September 20, 6-9pm (Ticketed)
Friday, September 21, 1-7pm
Saturday, September 22, 11am-9pm
Sunday, September 23, 11am-7pm

MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Queens NY

The Venice Biennale Architettura 2018

/ July 12, 2018

Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara are the curators of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, that runs from May 26th to November 25th 2018 in the Giardini and Arsenale venues, and in other locations in Venice. The Biennale Architettura 2018 is titled FREESPACE, a word which describes a generosity of spirit and a sense of humanity at the core of architecture's agenda.

As every year several publications arise connected to and around the exhibition:

Architectural Ethnography - Japanese Pavilion

Case Design A School In The Making - Swiss Pavilion

John Wardle - Australian Pavilion

Infinite Places - French Pavilion

Arcipelago Italia - Italian Pavilion

ARCH+ The Property Issue - Luxembourg Pavilion

Living With Water - Slovenian Pavilion


26 May - 25 November 2018

Design Museum Den Bosch

/ July 12, 2018

Stedelijk Museum’s-Hertogenbosch changed its name to Design Museum Den Bosch.
The refreshed museum seeks to highlight the cultural meaning and the role of design in the past, today and the future. Now exhibiting:


Show Yourself
Designer Benno Premsela (1920-1997) and Yvònne Joris, former director of the Stedelijk Museum ‘s-Hertogenbosch (1950 – 2013) both were leading collectors and public figures during their time.
Last year, the museum obtained by donation the ceramic collection of designer and interior architect Benno Premsela. It consists of 262 vases, scales and bowles, including important work from Geert Lap and Jan van der Vaart. A second donation consists of over 250 jewels from former director Yvònne Joris.
until 30 September 2018


Food is Fiction
Food is fiction is a design exhibition about our food. It shows how presentation of food influences our choices, how we are seduced by packaging, names and stories. And how the divide between production and consumption disappears as we start believing in what we see and hear. The exhibitiondraws on a wealth of designs to provide insight into the role of design for the food industry. It shows the importance of presentation and narrative: from the oldest commercials, iconic packaging for Droste and the first exotic products to culinary science fiction in Star Trek, hand-crafted imitation food from Japan, and the art of the food blog.
until — 28 October 2018


Accompanying these exhibitions, 3 titles by Nai010 Publishers, now shipping:

Benno Premsela - Warrior & Seducer

Yvonne Joris - Pioneer & Terrier

Food Is Fiction - Stories On Food And Design


Design Museum Den Bosch
Tuesday to Sunday 11 am – 5 pm

Chikako Watanabe at Huis Marseille

/ July 12, 2018

In a house as old as Huis Marseille – 353 years – the histories of its many former residents are as interwoven as the traces and building styles they left behind. Not all of the house’s previous residents left their mark on the house, but some bequeathed it a painted portrait, such as Wouter Valckenier, the third owner, who bought Huis Marseille in 1683 and lived there until his death. The 1684 portrait of Wouter Valckenier in a ‘japonse rok’ (a banyan) inspired the contemporary Japanese artist Chikako Watanabe to create an associative installation whose title refers to Wouter Valckenier.  In her installation, Chikako Watanabe has Wouter wander through today’s museum, wearing his long wig and  japonse rok. Wouter muses on the past. Signs that time has not stood still since his own departure continually cross his path. Around him a new exhibition has been constructed in the museum for photography that Huis Marseille has been since 1999.
Chikako Watanabe (1969) was born in Kariya, a city in the Aichi prefecture in Japan. Watanabe’s projects involve research into the local cultures and traditions of communities in different countries. She then uses her findings to create mixed-media installations, which often involve performances and workshops. Showing simultaneously with The Third House Owner, two earlier installations by Chikako Watanabe can be seen on the bel-etage and in the light court of Keizersgracht 399:  Island Tracing  (2012) and  Survival Net  (2000).


Hehe (Tokyo) just published Chikako Watanabe - Netting Air From The Low Land, available at Huis Marseille and now shipping to (art) bookstores worldwide.


Chikako Watanabe / The Third House Owner
Until Sepmtember 2, 2018
Huis Marseille, Amsterdam

Offprint London

/ May 14, 2018

The fourth edition of Offprint London takes place from 18 – 20 May 2018.

Returning for its fourth edition at Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, Offprint London will bring together around 120 independent and experimental publishers in the fields of contemporary art, photography and graphic design from around the world.
Each year, Offprint organizes two fairs —Offprint Paris and Offprint London —and a series of travelling libraries. In acknowledgement of the high quality and unique publishing practices that currently proliferate in the arts, Offprint seeks to make their work more visible and available to a wider dedicated audience.

Throughout the weekend, Tate Modern, in collaboration with Photoworks, will facilitate a program of workshops and performances.

We will be present, representing publishers as Little Steidl, Seigensha, Ivorypress, Fourthwall Books, Artez Press, Éditions B42, Quodlibet, Rijksmuseum, Flaneur and many others.


Opening Times

Friday 18:00 – 22:00

Saturday 12:00 – 20:00

Sunday 12:00 – 18:00

more info: Offprint.org

New publisher distributed: Fourthwall Books

/ March 14, 2018

Idea Books welcomes Fourthwall Books.

Editor and writer Bronywn Law-Viljoen and designer and artist Oliver Barstow founded the Johannesburg-based publisher in 2010 to raise the bar in South African publishing by producing exquisitely designed, written and crafted art books. Fourthwall Books, now directed by Law-Viljoen and artist Terry Kurgan, have so far published 38 books and won several prestigious awards.


Their new book Footnotes for the Panther is a collection of conversations between William Kentridge and Denis Hirson initiated in 2010 at Jeu De Paume. Nine engagements followed, in places as diverse as Paris, Johannesburg, and Amsterdam, allowing the two to explore at length the many issues and themes arising from Kentridge’s work.

This and other Fourthwall Books are now available for order through Idea Books.

Lous Martens Animal Books launch at San Serriffe

/ January 31, 2018

Lous Martens - Animal Books/ Dierenboeken Voor for Jaap Zeno Anna Julian Luca will be launched coming friday, February 2, at San Serriffe.


Lous Martens about this book: "Seventeen years ago our grandson Jaap was born. That was the start of an animal book for Jaap. I used a dummy for the OASE journal of architecture and loosely pasted in pictures of animals that I had clipped from newspapers and magazines about art, literature and science. Plus stamps and photos from advertising brochures. Then Zeno was born and the same thing happened: an animal book for Zeno. Now I was working on two books at once. Then came Anna. Julian. Luca. At this point, there were five books-in-the-making on the table. And none of those five are finished yet. The children, as well as myself, enjoy seeing the small, ever-evolving changes. The additions. These books were never intended for the outside world where I had found all the pictures. Never intended to be published. Now they lie here, grouped into one big book, because others have convinced me it's what they deserve."
Design: Martens Family / Published by Roma Publications


Friday February 2, 8pm—10pm
at San Serriffe
Sint Annenstraat 30, Amsterdam

Best Photobooks of 2017: the selection of Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant

/ December 18, 2017
Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant selects the best photo books of 2017, including
the Aperture Award Catalogue of 2017 New Realities - Photography In The 19th Century
the Arles 2017 Author Book Award Henk Wildschut - Ville De Calais

See more (in dutch): De Volkskrant

and check where to get yours under the links!


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