Behind the scenes: Beyond Drifting on press


Stack of press sheets from Beyond Drifting by Mandy Barker

Mandy Barker‘s upcoming photobook Beyond Drifting: Imperfectly Known Animals went to print this week in the UK, and we’re keen to give you a behind-the-scenes look at the process on press! The book is printed litho – by sheet-fed offset – on Munken Polar Rough art paper, which has the cotton-like texture and feel that we wanted to complement the antique book design.

 


Beyond Drifting sheets coming off press

As sheets come off press, it’s truly amazing to see how efficient the process is, and how quickly sheets are printed – check out a short video of the Heidelberg press in action (Warning – it’s a bit loud!):

Beyond Drifting: Imperfectly Known Animals by Mandy Barker – on press April 2017 from Overlapse on Vimeo.

A lift machine is used to turn a stack of sheets for printing the reverse side. For this book 16 pages fit onto each printed sheet.


Sheets stacked for turning to print second side


Used CMYK plates in the bin


Viewing and approving sheets coming off press – test scatter proof seen at right

Press time is both an exhilarating and stressful experience! Months (and years) of creative photographic, design and production work are funneled and transferred into a final form. Decisions made can no longer be changed, adjusted or tweaked. Soon we will receive a load of boxes filled with the visualised object made real – and we’re excited for you to get your hands on it!

See full details about the book and order here

New publication Beyond Drifting: Imperfectly Known Animals

Overlapse is thrilled to announce the upcoming publication of Beyond Drifting: Imperfectly Known Animals by UK-based photographer Mandy Barker. Publication is scheduled for 1st May, in time for Mandy’s exhibition of works from the book at the V&A in London, which runs 5-28 May 2017. She is shortlisted for the prestigious Prix Pictet award and exhibits with 11 other shortlisted artists on the theme of SPACE – See full details about the exhibition

Inspired by the pioneering plankton discoveries made by naturalist JV Thompson in Cork Harbour during the 1800s, Mandy collected marine plastic debris from the same location along the southern coast of Ireland. These objects of human-generated waste became the subject of mysteriously beautiful photographs – or microscopic samples – that appear in Beyond Drifting. In all of her work, Mandy’s aim is to combine the contradiction of aesthetic attraction with a message of environmental awareness.


Spread from Mandy Barker’s research notebook during the making of Beyond Drifting

In the course of research and development of her projects Mandy consistently keeps sketchbooks to record her findings and to reflect on ways to photograph and present her work.

She says, “The impact of oceanic waste is an area I am committed to pursuing through visual interpretation and in collaboration with science, hoping it will ultimately lead to positive action in tackling this increasing environmental problem which is of current global concern.”

See Beyond Drifting: Imperfectly Known Animals for more details and a preview!

Great Old Days by Brendan Hoffman

Overlapse collaborated with Brendan Hoffman of Prime Collective to design and produce a zine featuring his documentary work from Webster City, Iowa. By 2011 the town of 8,000 had lost around 2,000 local factory jobs to Mexico and throughout 2016 the issue of lost manufacturing jobs became a hot campaign topic for Donald Trump. After Trump won the election Brendan felt compelled to share his work from Webster City, and had the idea of distributing a magazine (for free) in Washington during the January inauguration. He didn’t want the real circumstances and struggles of people like his subjects in Webster City to be lost in a mire of campaign rhetoric, and the zine serves to introduce their story to a wider audience.

Limited copies are available to order, with funds supporting the work we did on the project. Brendan successfully raised funds to print 1000 copies in Kiev, Ukraine (where he currently lives and works on documentary assignments). Distribution during the inauguration was met with a mixed response, and the project received wide attention online including from TIME whose infamous cover was emulated in our design.

See more about Great Old Days zine here

The Longest Way Round News + Press Highlights 2016

The Longest Way Round

2016 News and Press for The Longest Way Round by Chris Dorley-Brown:

Nov 2016 – HIGHLY COMMENDED British Book Design & Production Awards 2016
Sep 2016 – Gazebook Sicily Photobook Festival, Selected First Photobooks – Exhibition 9-11 Sept
Jul 2016 –  Rencontres d’Arles 2016 Book Awards – Exhibition at Grande Halle in Arles 4 Jul-25 Sep
Jun 2016 – PHotoEspaña Best Photography Books of the Year, Shortlisted – Exhibition 31/5-4/9
Jun 2016 – Athens Photo Festival Photobook Exhibition, Shortlisted – Exhibition 9 June – 31 July
Jun 2016 – Photobook Bristol, Selected First Photobooks – Exhibition 10-12 June
Apr 2016 – PhotoIndependent LA, Selected Photobooks Exhibition 29 April – 1 May

Feb 2016 – Review by Marcin Grabowiecki on Innocent Curiosity (Polish and English)
Feb 2016 – Review by Guillotine (French)
Feb 2016 – Review by Gabriela Cendoya (Spanish)
Dec 2015 – Review by Colin Pantall on Photoeye
Dec 2015 – Feature in the Guardian, “Secret history: my father’s hidden past at the hands of the Nazis”
Dec 2015 – Favourite Photobooks of 2015 – Innocent Curiosity / Marcin Grabowiecki
Nov 2015 – Photobookstore Best Photobooks of 2015 – Yumi Goto
Nov 2015 – Photo-eye’s Curated Selection – Book of the Day 18 Nov
Nov 2015 – Josef Chladek’s Virtual Bookshelf – Best of November 2015