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REINIER GERRITSEN: THE LAST BOOK. Aperture Foundation, Inc., New York, 2014. Distributed by Artbook|D.A.P., New York. 240 pp. with 373 ills. (45 col.). 24 x 17 cm. LC 2014-938756 ISBN 9781597112703 In English.
Publisher's description: Author and technologist Nicholas Negroponte has declared that printed books are in danger of disappearing; according to his predictions, the last printed book will appear sometime in the spring of 2016. This copy might well make its appearance tucked away in a backpack and taken aboard a subway to read. This is the premise of The Last Book, the latest body of work by Amsterdam-based photographer Reinier Gerritsen. Gerritsen has taken up the current plethora of books and their readers on New York City's subways as the proverbial canary-in-the-coal-mine, an indicator of the still robust nature of public readership, in the face of its ostensible decline. The work began for Gerritsen as a series of modest observations, and has turned into a series of unexpected, documentary portraits, set against a visual landscape of bestsellers, classics, romance novels, detective thrillers, Bibles, biographies and other printed books. Gerritsen depicts groups of individuals engrossed in the worlds they hold in their hands.
Artist(s):Gerritsen, Reinier
Indexing: Western, Europe — Netherlands — Post-2000 — Photography
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 164498
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