Art and Photography Books

A cover and a spread of the book Almost All the Flowers in My Mother’s Garden<br />

Hilla Kurki
Almost All the Flowers in My Mother’s Garden

  • Published by Khaos Publishing
  • Graphic design and reproduced by Samuli Saarinen
  • Photography Hilla Kurki
  • Printed by Printon, Alex Walker, AGA LAB
  • Bound by Printon, Kirjansitomo V. & K. Jokinen
  • Paper Munken Print White 1.8 90 g/m2, Keaykolor Moonlight 300 g/m2
  • Typeface Apollo MT Std, Fournier MT Std, Comic, Helvetic, Brioso Pro

A breath-taking dustcover envelops this treasure of a book, in which an enchanting world of flowers accompanies the text about memories of the author’s mother, some of them difficult. The work has been executed with reverence, and the binding is skilful and unique. The miniature printing on the open spine is astounding, and the blind impression on the cover is a beautiful printing job. The blurry title text over the multi-coloured image on the risographprinted dust jacket is an unfortunate flaw in an otherwise unparalleled work. This book was one of the jury’s biggest favourites.

A cover and a spread of the book Attached.

Jessie Bullivant

  • Published by Rooftop Press
  • Graphic design Tuukka Kaila
  • Printed and bound by Printon
  • Paper Holmen Book White 70 g/m2, Holmen Book Cream 80 g/m2, Geltex Tegel 115 g/m2
  • Typeface Portrait Text

Out of all of the books in the award collection, Attached is perhaps the one that most comes to life in one’s hands. The paper, the size, the lightness, the structure – everything works exceptionally well. The layout and material choices beautifully support the idea of the book. The minimalist design, just unusual enough, is a richness that gives the text room to live.

A cover and a spread of the book Broken Holiday Album<br />

Verna Kovanen
Broken Holiday Album

  • Published by Kerber Verlag
  • Graphic design Verna Kovanen, Juha Nenonen
  • Photography Verna Kovanen
  • Reproduced by Petri Kuokka, Aarnipaja
  • Printed and bound by Kerber Verlag Bielefeld
  • Paper MArctic Volume Ivory, Alchemy Gold, Munken Pure
  • Typeface Nimbus sans

Broken Holiday Album is a beautiful, powerfully blue book object. Opening the book, its multidimensional structure is a welcome surprise. The execution of the design, consisting of one long folded page that can be read in two directions, is technically demanding. The printing is beautiful and the layout of images is meandering and functional. The passport in the pocket on the inside cover is a fun bonus. But without text or explanation, the book remains a mere object and a perhaps one-time viewing experience.

A cover and a spread of the book Käännekohta. Kansitaiteen nousu 1950–60-luvuilla <br />

Ville Hänninen
Käännekohta. Kansitaiteen nousu 1950–60-luvuilla

  • Published by Hämeenlinna Art Museum
  • Graphic design and reproduced by Ville Tietäväinen
  • Printed and bound by Tallinna Raamatutrükikoda
  • Paper Munken Polar Rough, Rives Tradition, Rives Sensation Matt Tradition
  • Typeface Melior, Eurostile

This book about the cover art of the 1950s and ’60s is robust and clear, straightforward in typography and visual language, with a fitting binding. The abundant visual material is packaged into a cohesive entity that resembles its theme. The clothbound cover is ruggedly beautiful and unapologetic. The dust jacket makes use of a Martti Mykkänen cover from the 1950s, but its dull colour scheme and strange shadow effect do the work no favours.

A cover and a spread of the book Sebaldiana. Memento mori <br />

Elina Brotherus
Sebaldiana. Memento mori

  • Published by Self-published
  • Graphic design Ilona Ilottu / Dog Design
  • Other designer, illustration and photography Elina Brotherus
  • Reproduced by Petri Kuokka, Aarnipaja
  • Printed and bound by Jelgavas Tipogrāfija
  • Paper Fedrigoni Arena Natural Smooth 170 g/m
  • Typeface Signifier

This photographic and narrative work of art is so wonderful that the reader boldly jumps in with an open mind. Every page, every picture, every part falls seamlessly into place as part of the experience. The restrained exterior is almost meditative, quieting and preparing the reader to encounter the power of the images. The black binding thread and the bold, large black text elegantly continue the themes of the white cloth covers and black edge painting.

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