Books Made Me
(Photographers Thijs groot Wassink & Ruben Lundgren)
James and Other Apes, James Mollison / Bad Weather, Martin Parr / Kroniek van de Mensheid (Chronicle of Humanity), Harenberg Bodo (ed.) (1986)
James and Other Apes is a book that’s brilliant in its simplicity, it consists of 50 close up portraits of the animals, showing them as individuals, with their own character and mood. Where was Mollison when Darwin needed him most?
An elusive subject matter, like bad weather, is used to look at the clichés of Great Britain and the medium of photography. Neither of us owned the book, but looking at the reproductions or glancing at a rare copy in some antiquarian book stores was enough to leave a big impression.
Kroniek van de Mensheid is fifty centuries of history in more than 1,000 pages, and even more images. As a child I was addicted to this book.