publication type — book
artist — Nicolai Howalt
publisher — Art People
publishing year — 2003
language — English
editor — Carsten Nielsen
designed by — Signs & Wonders
format — 21 x 25,5
no. of pages — 96
no. of illustrations — 84
cover — Hardbound
no. of edition — 900
ISBN — 87-91293-64-2

Throughout the years of 2000-03 the artist Nicolai Howalt followed young Danish boys boxing in Denmark and abroad. The result is the book ‘Boxer’. The book portrays a series of young boxers where Howalt’s starting point is to capture the moment before and after the match. A sense of spirit, emotion, expectation and energy characterize the photographs. The double portraits convey the dreams of boyhood, puberty and identity. The boxing match stages a platform for Howalt who otherwise refrains from describing the inner concerns of boxing or the competitive elements of the sport. Boxing becomes a symbol for the match between fear versus courage, dream versus reality. It is also about the age dividing a boy from being a man and to be on your own for the first time. As a teenager Howalt used to box, and as a consequence he has realized that the moments just before and after the match were the most tantalizing.