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Eva Veldhoen


Nominated to the Paris Photo - Aperture Foundation First Photobook Award 2021

Publication date : 2020/12/01
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

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.

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