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The Book of Images: A Dictionary of Visual Experiences
Erik Kessels and Stefano Stoll

The Book of Images: A Dictionary of Visual Experiences Erik Kessels and Stefano Stoll

The Book of Images: A Dictionary of Visual Experiences Erik Kessels and Stefano StollThe Book of Images: A Dictionary of Visual Experiences
Erik Kessels and Stefano Stoll
Thames & Hudson


352 pages
236 x 325 mm
ISBN 3960986491


An alphabetical glossary of contemporary photographic experience from the author of In Almost Every Picture.

Dutch collector and photographer Erik Kessels (born 1966) is well-known for his image anthology series In Almost Every Picture. In the Book of Images, he organises an overview of international contemporary photography, following the Vevey arts biennial. Organized in alphabetical order, it boasts 299 contemporary artists and photographers; 310 stories and legends; 957 color and black-and-white pictures; and 1,215 ideas and concepts. As Kessels writes: “Learn how to look differently and see more, and get inspired by this book on how to SHOW photography.”

Artists include: The Atlas Group, John Baldessari, Lucas Blalock, James Casabere, Matt Collishaw, Cristina de Middel, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Rodney Graham, Graciela Iturbide, JR, Nadav Kander, Henry Leutwyler, Chema Madoz, Christian Marclay, Guido Mocafico, Daido Moriyama, Arnold Odermatt, Martin Parr, Christian Patterson, Maya Rochat, Cindy Sherman, Roman Signer, Laurie Simmons and Penelope Umbrico, as well as Kessels’ own work.

About the Authors
Erik Kessels (b. 1966) lives and works in Amsterdam. He has presented numerous exhibitions at Fotografia Europea in Reggio Emilia (2015), Centquatre-Paris (2014), Les Rencontres d’Arles (2014), the Victoria and Albert Museum in London (2013), Pier 24 Photography in San Francisco (2014–15) and the Images – Festival des Arts Visuels in Vevey (2014). He might not shoot pictures himself, but the Dutch art director and collector Erik Kessels has certainly changed the way we think about photography. As a curator of amateur photography, he’s elevated discarded images to gallery status, finding beauty and insight in pictures of, say, 20th century German police uniforms, or one woman’s lifelong love of fairground shooting galleries.

Stefano Stoll (b. 1974, Zurich) lives and works in Vevey, Switzerland. Stefano Stoll is the director of the Festival Images in Vevey, Switzerland. This visual arts biennale makes a special feature of monumental openair installations. Every two years it presents photographic projects created especially for the festival in the streets, parks, museums, and galleries of the city. In this context, Stoll is also responsible for an ‘off space’ dedicated to contemporary photography (Espace Quai1), as well as the Grand Prix International de Photographie de Vevey. While still a student, he cofounded and codirected Switzerland’s first photography festival: Les Journées Photographiques de Bienne. He was also Vevey’s head of cultural affairs from 2004 to 2015. As an author, he is a member of AICA Press and writes on cultural policy, art, and photography.
About the Publisher
Thames & Hudson was founded in 1949 by Walter and Eva Neurath. Their passion and mission was to create a ‘museum without walls’ and to make accessible to a large reading public the world of art and the research of top scholars. To reflect its international outlook the name for the company linked the rivers flowing through London and New York, represented in its logo by two dolphins symbolizing friendship and intelligence, one facing east, one west, suggesting a connection between the Old World and the New. Today, still an independent, family-owned company, Thames & Hudson is one of the world’s leading publishers of illustrated books with over 2,000 titles in print. They publish high-quality books across ‎all areas of visual creativity: the arts (fine, applied, decorative, performing), architecture, design, photography, fashion, film and music, and also archaeology, history and popular culture.

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