Book Research | Long Life | Unsustainable Communities

I decided to look at this book because it was in a landscape format. This seems to be a less popular format for photography books, but I personally really like it. I like that it allows for landscape photos to be viewed at a suitable size without having to put the gutter down the middle.

I am now planning on making my own book in a landscape format and so I wanted to see how the photos were laid out in this and how this style was beneficial to the narrative.

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The photo on this front cover is full bleed and is very eye catching. I don’t particularly like the photograph but it still intrigued me. The title of the book is in two languages with the photographer’s name in the middle.

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The title page just contains the title and the rest of the spread is made up of negative space.

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After the title page, the book goes straight into the photographs. I think this is an interesting layout because it doesn’t provide the reader/viewer with any information about the subject or the story. As they flick through the book they will begin to work out the narrative themselves, but they will be making judgements that are perhaps wrong too.

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The layout of the photos varies from page to page, with some containing only one photo to a double page spread and another containing three or four. I like this idea and I think it helps to keep the book interesting as the layout isn’t repetitive.

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There is also a mix of full bleed and bordered photographs. I’m not such a big fan of that particular layout and personally I would rather pick a style and stick with it. However, I do understand that this could completely change depending on the subject matter.

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The description of the book comes right at the end. It explains that the photographer spent ten months in a home for people with dementia, which is presumably not something people would have known when they started the book. I think it would make people want to go back and look through the photos again, but this time with their new found understanding of the situation the subjects are in.

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