play – book


** Shortlisted for the 2021 Paris Photo – Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards in the First PhotoBook Category! ** For the jury’s review see here.

In December 2020, I self-published my first book, Play – about play, as an attitude to life. For this book, I photographed the Lego structures of my five-year-old son. They marked the beginning of my personal search for play.

To me, play means following joy, curiosity, my intuition. It’s about the power of imagination, experiment, about learning and adjusting while doing. Play requires me to trust the process, without knowing the results. It turned out I had to relearn this. My son taught me: just begin, it always turns into something.

The photos in the book are combined with essays and poetry about play. With this book, I want to show – and hopefully make you feel, once again – what it was like, to play.

Featured at Dutch Design Week 2020 and in PS Het Parool, De Stentor, DUIC, Focus Magazine, FD Persoonlijk, LINDA, LFK Magazine & The PhotoBook Review.

photography & concept – Eva Veldhoen

design – Marjolein Heije

texts – Hannah Aukes, Annika Hein & Tom Ruben

printing – Zwaan Lenoir

paper inside – Munken Polar Rough, 150 grams

paper cover – 280 grams, finished with a soft touch laminate

pages – 160

dimensions – 22 x 30 x 1,8 cm

binding – hot glue (no stitching), by Stronkhorst Boekbinders

edition – 750

isbn – 9789090339443

De Utrechtse Boekenbar (Utrecht)
Broese (Utrecht)
Praamstra (Deventer)
Boekhandel Dominicanen (Maastricht)
Tipi Bookshop (Brussels)
Het FotoAtelier (Utrecht)
delpire & co (Paris)
Yvon Lambert (Paris)
Ofr. (Paris)
Librairie Offprint (LUMA Foundation, Arles)
Printed Matter (New York)
Self Publishers United (online bookshop)
Museum EICAS (Deventer)
Nederlands Fotomuseum (Rotterdam)
Librairie du Palais (Arles)
Photo Book Corner (Lisbon)

Pickup in Deventer free
Shipping to NL €8,75
Shipping to EU €15
Shipping worldwide €31

NB: the webshop allows for a maximum order of 2 books. If you want to order more, please place separate orders or contact me directly at


Additional information

Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 330 × 220 × 2 cm