I bought this book after visiting Basim Magdy’s exhibition, The stars were aligned for a century of new beginnings. I don’t really want to review the content of the book here, because I cover the content in my review of the exhibition, but what I do want to comment on is the physical printing of the book.
One of the things that I really liked about the book was some of the metallic-looking prints that it contained. I have never seen prints like this in a book before (maybe something similar in exhibitions), and I was struck by how compelling they were. This style of printing gave the images an otherworldly quality, which was fully in-keeping with the artist’s themes.
Funnily enough, when I went to the OCA South West group meeting recently, one of the photography students brought along some metallic prints of her landscape images. I think for me, this was a reminder that not all photographs have to be printed on matt, pearl/satin or gloss papers. There are other types of printing available, which should not be ignored.
Magdy, B. (2016). Basim Magdy: Would a Firefly Fear the Fire That Burns in its Heart? [bilingual edition] Hatje Cantz: Ostfildern