Getting closer to the Frankfurt Book Fair this autumn, the first of some books I designed this year got published:

Angelika Platen | Artists

| The artists’ photographer: portraits and stances

Over a period of forty-five years, Angelika Platen has photographed more than five hundred artists in their studios and galleries, at biennials and during happenings. Her camera moves toward the artists, and her black-and-white photographs are etched in our memory. Forty years ago, Joseph Beuys letting himself be inspired by Rodin, Walter de Maria lying down on an airport departure corridor, Sigmar Polke cutting a caper, Günther Uecker sitting in a forest of nails, and Hanne Darboven, beautiful and young, posing in front of her “writing time“ wall. Forty years later, Darboven marked by time, Jonathan Meese spinning the big wheel, Julian Rosefeldt meeting Petrus Christus, and Sylvie Fleury and Sophie Calle wearing mysterious smiles. In narrative texts and essays, this book presents the different stages of the artist’s precise approach and compassionate dialogue.

Printed endpapers!

Believe it or not, but I did choose Helvetica (Neue) as one of the two typaces for this book. The shapes of the Ultra Light (headlines) are matching the spirit of the late sixties just perfectly.

Set in Helvetica Ultra Light and Light (body text) in combination with Sauna (by Underware) the book gets a quite contemporary and joyful character and supports Angelika Platen’s great photographs in the best way.

The layout is very simple and clear. There are only two text sizes: Big headlines and a not too small bodytext (11 pt), the same size like captions, pagina and index.

Angelika Platen herself

Sigmar Polke R.I.P.

The work with Angelika Platen and Günther Engelhard was the pure pleasure. All my best regards go to both of them.

Thanks a lot to Birte Kreft (editor) and the great team of Hatje Cantz, who made this beautiful project possible.

Angelika Platen | Artists
Texts by Günter Engelhard, Thomas Hettche, Heinz Peter Schwerfel, Christina Weiss

German, English
2010. 240 pp., 230 ills.
24,00 x 30,50 cm
ISBN 978-3-7757-2653-5

Hatje Cantz