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Best Book Work 2020
09/10/20 — 26/11/20
Best Book Work 2020
Black Diamond
Søren Kierkegaards Plads 1
1221 København K

Best Book Work of the Year 2020

One immediately senses that here we have it
in something special. A gray full-volume book with
round corners and silver cut. The coating
is of canvas with white serigraphic print and
silver foil embossing with the title “Old Tjikko” -
the focal point of this publication.
Old Tjikko is considered with its impressive
age of 9,500 years as the oldest tree in the world
and is a spruce that rises above one
deserted mountainside in Dalarna in Sweden.
Visual artist Nicolai Howalt has photographed
this unusual spruce that in itself
itself is about five feet high. A simple
negative has become the many different
photographs in this book: A total of
96 variations created on approx. 96 different
types of older analog photosensitive photo papers,
many of which are far beyond theirs
expiration date - some go so far back
as to 1933. This causes them to evoke
photographs appear in a wide range
different artistic variations, though
they stem from the same negative. The result
is an almost organic diversity
of perception and expression; an aesthetic where
the prerequisite for each individual photograph,
similar to the original motif, has become
an integral part of the image-making
process that seems to uncover glimpses from one
remove and other time. Beautiful poetic elegance
united in simple bold choices and materials
of high quality assigned by a unanimous committee
The Danish Book Design Award 2020 as the Year
Danish Textbook.