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      On Photographing Artists’ Books

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          Artists’ books are challenging to photograph. They function as a unit of tightly conceptually-bound visual, textual and material elements in addition to a heightened self-awareness of the work's booksness. Binding, size, weight, and shape of the book, translucency, texture, thickness of paper, placement of images and/or text on the page or off the page interact with other graphic elements; they control, and direct the reader towards the expressive components of meaning which arise from pace, haptic experience, and visual or structural stylistic choices. Most of such information gets sacrificed in the process of documentation. Here I discuss some of such issues of photographing artists books for this journal and my solutions to replicating each artists’ book within the physical and thematic constraints of this publication: I tried not only to visualize the books’ content but also to translate some of the experience of how that content makes itself meaningful to the reader.

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          egidija.ciricaite.18@ucl.ac.uk
          Journal
          J Med Humanit
          J Med Humanit
          The Journal of Medical Humanities
          Springer US (New York )
          1041-3545
          1573-3645
          20 December 2019
          20 December 2019
          2020
          : 41
          : 1
          : 81-83
          Affiliations
          GRID grid.83440.3b, ISNI 0000000121901201, Slade School of Fine Art, , University College London, ; WC1E 6BT, London, UK
          Article
          9593
          10.1007/s10912-019-09593-7
          7052026
          31858349
          © The Author(s) 2019

          Open Access This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.

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          Funded by: University College London (UCL)
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