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Published on 5/12/2017

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How (and Why) a Photographer Encased His Latest Book in Concrete

Concrete, in its most basic form, has just three ingredients: aggregate (such as sand or crushed stone), a binder (such as gypsum or lime), and water.

 

BY ANIKA BURGESS of http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/concrete-photographs-book-cover

 

MAY 12, 2017

 

 

Concrete, in its most basic form, has just three ingredients: aggregate (such as sand or crushed stone), a binder (such as gypsum or lime), and water. The hard, versatile building material has been used for thousands of years—in particular by the Romans, who used it to make everything from aqueducts to the spectacular, unreinforced dome of the Pantheon. The term “concrete” also refers to anything solid and physical—not abstract. Yet Hungarian photographer Gábor Kaszaillustrates how concrete can be both at once with his new photo book, Concrete passages about closeness and coldness … and a couple of songs. The inside is a series of photographs taken in empty concrete structures that highlight how otherworldly and abstract concrete can be. The outside, on the other hand, is a slipcase made of real, heavy, gray concrete.

“The concept and design of a good photo book also needs to echo its content,” he says. “It’s a possibility to create something that can help to understand the content.”

 

 

The concrete slipcover is lined with red.

 

The concrete slipcover is lined with red.

But making a slipcase out of the material proved to be a serious challenge. “It turned out to be pretty tough. I had no skills or experiences to do this,” he says. “The designers to whom I presented the idea always gave me the same answer: ‘Who has time to do this? It’s too thin and complicated, maybe even impossible.’” Kasza was not deterred, and decided to do it himself. “I had to learn to work with concrete, learn how it works, what its edges are.”

It took a lot of trial and error, but Kasza eventually produced a prototype: less than a quarter-inch thick and weighing over three pounds, with a red lining and the title imprinted into the spine. Through Indiegogo, he hopes to produce 50 copies.

The result is minimalist, smooth, and cold, much like the unfinished structures featured in his photographs, but Kasza believes that the material has some untapped potential. “The most important thing is not the material, but rather the empty, cold, gray, huge, raw buildings that are the scene of my photographs .... I use this environment to highlight the importance and nature of relationships.

“It looks like an impersonal, gray, frigid material,” he adds. “In contrast, it can be very organic and sensitive if you use it well.”

Atlas Obscura has a selection of photos of the cover and from the book, so you can decide for yourself just how organic concrete can be.

 

 

 

 

 

For related articles at concretebroker visit : 

 

Luminous in concrete: Architect Tadao Ando's Manhattan tour de force : https://www.concretebroker.com.au/Blog/View/44

Andrea tognon shapes iroko concrete chair with bold, abstract gestures : https://www.concretebroker.com.au/Blog/View/45

Andreas Gruber embeds minimal concrete house into Tyrolean hillside : https://www.concretebroker.com.au/Blog/View/57

 

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