1. publication type — book, special edition
  2. artist — Trine Søndergaard & Nicolai Howalt
  3. publisher — Artpeople
  4. publishing year — 2005
  5. language — English / Danish
  6. editor — Trine Søndergaard & Nicolai Howalt
  7. designed by — Signs & Wonders
  8. format — 24,5 x 16 cm
  9. no. of pages — 64
  10. no. of illustrations — 25
  11. cover — Hardbound
  12. no. of edition — 50
  13. ISBN — 87-91518-96-2

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.