Quality Matters

As one of the participants at the Fotoboekenmarathon (main theme: quality versus quantity), held on Dec 16, 2012 at the photography museum Huis Marseille in Amsterdam we asked German photographer Axel Hütte (e.g. Towards the Wood, North South): overlooking the enormous quantities of photography and photobooks, what do you do to reach the required level of quality in your work?

'You have to work with the top lay outers, the top publisher, the top printer on a top topic or theme.'

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Ten interviews with participants at the Fotoboekenmarathon (photo books marathon), held on Dec 16, 2012 at the photography museum Huis Marseille in Amsterdam (the Netherlands).
Central theme: how to maintain high quality given the enormous quantity of


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Ten interviews with participants at the Fotoboekenmarathon (photo books marathon), held on Dec 16, 2012 at the photography museum Huis Marseille in Amsterdam (the Netherlands).
Central theme: how to maintain high quality given the enormous quantity of photo books?
Fotoboekenmarathon is an annual event organised in December by huismarseille.nl/en , fotografenfederatie.nl and photoq.nl

Francis Hodgson: 'We need to establish some kind of shared vocabulary - the things that matter.'

Els Barents: 'It makes your blood stream. You get an almost physical reaction.'

Rob Hornstra: 'Most important is that I work in a team. Together we have a lot of discussions. We are not afraid of a good fight with each other.'

David Galjaard: 'For me the best way to make a good book is working without concessions."

Axel Hütte: 'You have to work with the top lay outers, the top publisher, the top printer on a top topic or theme.'

Simone Nieweg: 'I take my time.'

Olaf Otto Becker: 'I have to do the decisions.'

Paul Kooiker: 'I need a lot of photographs to tell my story. That is why a book is a very good way too show my work.'

Viviane Sassen: 'It has to be simple and classic, but has to have a modern twist. Quite a challenge.'

Jacqueline Hassink: 'It is very rare that I see a book that is incredibly produced or brilliantly put together. A few books every year.'

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