Alle Katzen Grau unboxing

Unboxing Christian Reister’s Alle Katzen Grau.

Initial thoughts: a seeming random assortment of street-type photographs in black & white. If there’s a narrative structure to the book, I missed it in the four or so minutes I flipped through the book during the video above. The contrast and grit are fairly high, but muted a bit by the paper and stock and printing. I’ve seen much contrastier and grittier.

I like the exposed binding and heavy covers, and the smallish size is attractive: back in college, back when I was a painter, I made a bunch of small paintings, and it’s nice to see that a decent photobook doesn’t have to double as weight-lifting equipment or home-defense material.

I don’t know all that much about photo critique, but I’m trying to learn, and InshaAllah I’ll have more to say/write about the photobooks I unbox in the future.

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