Koto Bolofo - Große Komplikation / Grande Complication

  • Steidl, 2010
  • 3 Hardcover volumes in slipcase
  • Cardboard presentation box with handle
  • 248 pages

Paper is a delicate material, and a sheet of printed paper has much to endure when it enters a bookbindery. Here it is run through a host of machines where it is cut, folded, sewn, glued, knocked into shape, piled and packed. But not only does that sheet of paper miraculously survive this gauntlet without a crease or tear, it also becomes part of an immaculate book. The processes of bookbinding can be observed in the three factories of the Offizin Andersen Nexouml; complex in Leipzig. There each bindery has a different area of specialty and together they offer unique possibilities for producing books. Koto Bolofo's photographs tell the story of paper as it becomes a book, and thereby give insight into each branch of the company in Leipzig, Zwenkau and Tunisia. A clockwork is an intricate construction composed of hundreds of perfectly interlocking pieces. Particularly complex clockworks are given the name grandes complications by experts. The processes necessary to bind a book can be just as complicated - and not on the scale of a wristwatch but of a football field.

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