Eugene Tan, the Sydney-based photographic tour de force who sends out a daily email to 40,000 followers, is publishing a much-anticipated book of his Bondi photos. The stunning coffee table book captures the iconic Bondi beach in all its glory, from sunrise to sunset.
A Day at Bondi is a self-confessed “labour of love”; a tome to Tan’s passion for surf photography and beach culture. The book, which measures nearly one metre wide when open (A3 when closed), celebrates Bondi life – and while surfers and waves dominate the massive pages, the beach and its many visitors are also captured through Tan’s highly trained lens.
“I have wanted to produce a book for some time. I‘ve been shooting every day for 11 years now – and a book just seemed like the best format to house all this imagery. I hope it will be the first of many,” said Tan.
“This book is Bondi in pictures – from the quiet of a 5am sunrise, to the midday madness of thousands on the beach, through to the sunset you’re spoilt with when lazing on the grass at North Bondi,” he said.
Tan engaged the help of one of Australia’s most successful graphic designers, Ant Donovan, to design the book, and has spared no expense in its production. As he says, “This is a love job for me. I didn’t want to cut corners in my choice of paper stock, or the size of the book – I wanted it to match my long-held vision.”
Thus Tan has had to print the book overseas – no Australian printers could manage a book of its large dimensions.
In the design of the book, Donovan has interspersed jaw-dropping, double-page spreads with some smaller images. The book also features a mix of paper stocks – rough, thick, smooth – to give a tactile edge to the visual feast.
The first print-run of 2000 copies will be available from the 17th November 2010. The book retails for $150 incl. GST and will only be for sale at the Aquabumps Gallery in Bondi or online at aquabumps.com/book (where they will ship internationally).