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Empty Bottles

Empty Bottles. WassinkLundgren

Empty Bottles. WassinkLundgrenEmpty Bottles
Veenman Publishers
Mandrin, English

Created by Thijs groot Wassink and Ruben Lundgren, known as WassinkLundgren.
Essays by Hans Moleman and Floris-Jan van Luyn.


64 pages
240 x 315 mm
ISBN 9789086900633


In this large, thread-bound photo book printed on special blue-backed paper, the collaborative team WassinkLundgren takes a concerted look at the daily ritual of China’s refuse collectors, capturing 24 bottle collectors against the backdrops of Beijing and Shanghai. This photobook was the winner of the Contemporary Photography Book Award at the 2007 Rencontres d’Arles photography festival.

About the Artists
WassinkLundgren is a collaboration between Dutch photographers Thijs groot Wassink (b. 1981) and Ruben Lundgren (1983), who live and work, respectively, in London and Beijing. Their works have been exhibited in museums worldwide and they are the recipients of numerous awards, including the China Academy Award in 2010 and the Prix du Livre at Les Rencontres d’Arles 2007 for their publication Empty Bottles. Their photography and film projects shift mundane, often unnoticeable, everyday occurrences into visually compelling and gently amusing observations of the world around us.

About the Publisher
Veenman is a publisher of artists books by young emerging artists based in Rotterdam, NL. Veenman also publishes innovative magazines on architecture, fashion, design, art and photography.

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