play – the book


** Shortlisted for the 2021 Paris Photo – Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards in the First PhotoBook Category! **

In December 2020, I self-published my first book, Play – about play, as an attitude in 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’s advice was: 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.

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 Bijleveld (Utrecht)
Boekhandel Dominicanen (Maastricht)
Tipi Bookshop (Brussels)
Het FotoAtelier (Utrecht)

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

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Additional information

Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 330 × 220 × 2 cm