The catalogue of the Prize for the Most Beautiful Books in Brussels
and Wallonia, with written contributions by international
photographers Els Van Riel, David Helbich, Elly Clarke, David Bergé,
Bart Julius Peters
, Anette Lundebye, Julie Peeters, Silvano
Magnone, Johannes Schwartz, Marc De Blieck et Uta Eisenreich.
The Fernand Baudin Prize, who
wants to honour and encourage the contemporary book production
in Brussels and Wallonie, presents for its sixth edition the “Most
Beautiful Books 2013”. Through a competition, a special recognition
is given to books which demonstrate an outstanding quality both in
their conception (editorial and graphic) and in their production
(printing and binding). An international and professional jury judges
the participating books.
Mette Edvardsen (artist performer) was selected as this year's
Jurypresident. During the jury, on 10th and 11th March 2014, she was
assisted by the following book professionals: Michel Defourny,
Sonia Dermience, Catherine Guiral, Sveinn Jóhannsson, Benjamin
Monti, Kristien Van den Brande and Rick Poynor. Eleven books,
having obtained a majority of the votes in the final round, were
elected award-winners and bear the title of “Prize-winner of the
2013 Fernand Baudin Prize”.
“For this catalogue of the Fernand Baudin Prize 2013 we invited 11
photographers to document one of the awarded books. In a joint
statement, graphic designer Joris Kritis and president of the jury
Mette Edvardsen have asked them in their role as photographers to
fulfill an assignment, but not in a way they would usually operate.
“What we would like to propose to you is the following: to
document an awarded book, not by means of photography, but by
describing it. Literally, you will receive a copy of the book, hold it in
your hands, and describe it with your own words, and in this way
‘capture it'. Your oral description would be recorded and then later
transcribed. It is not about giving your opinion about the book, or
judging it, but to describe what it looks like, feels like, how it is to
handle, what it evokes, the physicality of the object as well as the
Our idea is to create another book-object which grasps something
more about the awarded books, to find another way to represent
them than taking a picture of them. We find it important that the
descriptions are done orally, recorded, and then transcribed. In this
way the texts will be different from ‘editorial' texts. We are
interested in the contrast to how the books are usually approached,
in a more visual manner.”
These “texts” became the “images” of this publication.
There was no indication or limitation of length. Knowing that the
books are all quite different, we also deliberately left it open to
each photographer how to respond to this proposal.”
See also the catalogues of the Fernand Baudin Prize 2012
Edited by Mette Edvardsen & Joris Kritis.
Graphic design: Joris Kritis.
published in September 2014
trilingual edition (English / Dutch / French)
22 x 28 cm (softcover)
ISBN : 978-2-9601195-2-7
EAN : 9782960119527