WELLINGTON FILM SOCIETY
Monday 30 March 6.15
Members Free. Public welcome by donation (notes only) at the door.
Desk opens 5.45pm.
HOW TO MAKE A BOOK WITH STEIDL (Jorg Adolph/Gereon Wetzel, Germany 2010) Exempt
The title of this delightful and occasionally irreverent documentary playfully suggests there must be a secret recipe for publishing the kind of elegant, sensuous works of art that are, in fact, books made by finicky master Gerhard Steidl in Göttingen, Germany. But we learn from this tour de force of dogged, sometimes unexpected observation that the legendary Steidl, a youthful-looking 60-year-old in this 2010 production, has no publishing formula except a custom approach to each project. That, and a deep preference for materials that make a finished book smell like the best inks, stimulate the eyes, satisfy the ears with the crispness of a turned page and feel weighty in one's hands. Steidl publishes photography books by the likes of Robert Frank, Ed Ruscha and Robert Adams, all of whom we meet. There are select literary works, too: Günter Grass appears, painting the cover for an edition of his The Tin Drum. We follow Steidl's seemingly endless globe-trotting for aesthetic consultations with clients in New York, Paris, Los Angeles and Germany. Wetzel and Adolph have fun with the disorienting pace of these travels, including the sight of blanket-wearing camels at a desert meeting in Qatar.
- Tom Keogh, Seattle Times.
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