The Making of the HOPE

Like my written story in the book HOPE – by Alexander von Wiedenbeck told you, the reportage about the cemetery and dumpsite children at the Philippines was a far more profound experience than I had previously imagined. In spite of this previous experience, I was actually not aware that the process of creating the exhibition catalog, the photo book can be an equally profound and sometimes nerve-wracking work. After the production of my first work OBSESSION FOR FREEDOM, as well as another exhibition catalog for a small project about sculptures, I actually thought that I was now experienced enough and hoped for a faster and more effective “processing” of the individual to-do’s. But it wasn’t, quite the opposite. From the very beginning when I selected the photographs, the experiences of the trip picked me up immediately. With every single photograph, the synapse to a story, an experience was discovered, every story revived in me, was “re-processed” and also flowed directly into my notes on the story for the opening of the book. Thus, the process of selecting the photographs dragged on for several months, followed by weeks of endless elaborations of my notes of the trip, all in all resulted in a catalog that is much more than just the photographs of this trip – it is much more – a personal, deeply honest and unadorned notebook of a profound life experience!

The printing of this book has been, like all my books, of course in the usual Novaton process in offset printing. Together with Christiane R., the luminary of high-quality photo books and the first address for large publishers such as Schirmer Mosel or Taschen, who is always on my side for the lithography of my photographs and the printing of books, we were finally able to produce a really awesome photo book. Like it is so often the case, it turned out that in the end, the printing of the photograph is just as important or requires as much attention to achieve the best possible result as the creation of the photos themselves.

Further link:
HOPE – by Alexander von Wiedenbeck