Tour: Steidl at DECK Singapore

How a great book is made

The recent Steidl exhibition at DECK Singapore, an arts space dedicated to photographic arts, is certainly good news to bookbinders and those interested in producing their own art book.

Several friends recommended it. Indeed, there were creative bookbinding workshops by The Thistle Bindery & Co several weekends ago organised in conjunction with the exhibition.

I finally made it there last Saturday evening.

Best of the best

Gerhard Steidl is a renowned German publisher and printer. His books are the gold standard in the art book trade.

This exhibition, called “1001 Steidl Books” after his donation of some 1,600 books to DECK Singapore, took viewers behind the scenes at Steidl’s factory in Göttingen.

Accompanying it was a showcase of the finalists from  The Book Show, a Steidl initiative to highlight custom-made art books by photographers in Asia.

Let’s take a tour!

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On left are book binding cloth. Next to it – almost all gone except for the brown and yellow ones – are end papers. These you can help yourself to, as the two ladies are doing.

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Endpaper must be strong because it connects the book block to the hard cover.

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Tools of the trade — swatches.

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The book making process illustrated.

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Head- and tail-bands help conceal the irregular edges of the folded paper at the top and bottom of a book block.

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Small show, but full of familiar and interesting details to the bookbinder.

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Who can resist a free poster?

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Try your hand at…

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When uniform meets letterform. Looking smart!

 

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Beautiful!

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This place would smell very professional!

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Becoming the best in his domain.

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DECK Singapore — more than a few containers.

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The library, home to the 1,600 books Steidl donated to DECK Singapore.

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The Book Show – the finalists showcase.

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Wonderful!

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Food and drinks at the Saturday night art market at DECK Singapore.

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One of my favourites at The Book Show is not a book but a box containing artistically composed photographs of trees with their locations noted. Woong Soak Teng’s Ways to Tie Trees.

 

The Steidl exhibition and The Book Show ended on May 22, 2016.

Kudos to the organisers for a great show!

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