Touch
Peter Dekens

Touch
Peter Dekens
The Eriskay Connection

 

Softcover
72 pages
170 x 270 mm
2012
ISBN 9789081838429

 

Dekens’ latest book Touch is a story of a young man Stijn who was born blind. Dekens spent time with Stijn in his apartment, discovering and documenting his world. The apartment is the only place where Stijn can move so freely. Everything – table, bed, walls, sofa – helps him to navigate around and constitutes his territory. “He knows this space inside out. It may be small and limited, but Stijn is not. In fact it’s quite the opposite”. While light/dark doesn’t make difference to him, it is tactile sensation – touch – that guides Stijn’s world.

 

About the Artist
Peter Dekens is a documentary photographer with a keen interest in socially sensitive subjects and issues investigated from an alternative perspective. These projects are part of a broader investigation Dekens has been pursuing. In recent years Dekens covered in ‘Touch’ about the social consequences of blindness; in ‘(Un)expected’ about the coping process of surviving relatives of suicides, and in ‘Shaky Ground’ about the urgency of the past (First World War) in the perspective of a sustainably united Europe.

About the Publisher
The Eriskay Connection is a Dutch studio for book design and an independent publisher. We focus on contemporary storytelling at the intersection of photography, research and writing. In close collaboration with authors we make books as autonomous bodies of work that provide us with new and necessary insights into the world around us. The key for us is to convey the essence of their work through high quality editing, design and production. Our editions are mainly offset printed and bound in The Netherlands and we strive to work with local producers and sustainable materials as much as possible.

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