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Printing The Disappearance of Joseph Plummer

Being a small independent publisher, having two books on press in the same week was a thrilling experience! Even more so given that we were simultaneously printing in two different countries. The Disappearance of Joseph Plummer by Amani Willett was printed over two days last week at optimal media in Germany – while on the second day sheets for Solastalgia started running.

Amani’s unique photobook exploring the lure of the wilderness has the look and feel of a classic fairy tale tome. Internal tip-ins give the finished object an added dimension that leads the viewer deeper into an winding narrative played out in a secluded forest in New Hampshire.

The Disappearance of Joseph Plummer arrives end of September and can be pre-ordered here.

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Solastalgia on press in Italy

Overlapse has had a very busy summer preparing two new books for autumn release!

Marina Vitaglione’s photo/text book Solastalgia was on press in Bolzano, Italy last week – not far from Venice which is the subject of this moving story. Marina and designer Roberta Donatini oversaw the printing process and we’re all quite anxious to get hold of the final work later in September. It is now available for pre-order at a special price of £25 (£3 off until 25 September).

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Interviews + Reviews for Beyond Drifting by Mandy Barker

It’s been a wildly exciting time since Mandy Barker’s first photobook Beyond Drifting: Imperfectly Known Animals was released 1st May! Mandy has been exhibiting the series non-stop since late March – starting at the FORMAT Festival in Derby, then through May at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London (Prix Pictet SPACE). There is still time to see exhibitions at Nature Museum Fryslân (Noorderlicht, Plastic: Fossil to Fossil through June), and until 2 July where Mandy first created the work during a residency – at Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh, Cork, Ireland. During the opening weekend of her exhibition at Sirius Arts Centre, Mandy spoke with Roger Overall – recording an audio interview for his Documentary Photographer Podcast.

The originality of Mandy’s approach to exposing an issue of widespread environmental concern has captured the attention of science-focused publications Smithsonian (for an interview and Instagram takeover), New Scientist, Live Science and Wired; The Guardian and The Telegraph Magazine highlighted her work; Creative Review spread the word about the unique book design; and Mandy appeared in photographic publications Photoworks (interview) and BJP. Even The Socialist Worker had fine words to say about her installation at the V&A: “Perhaps the most original work is Mandy Barker’s microscope polemic against pollution.” Perfect!

We are thrilled that Beyond Drifting has been reviewed so thoughtfully by Laura M. André at Photoeye – the go-to online photobook seller in the US. André describes her full experience of the book, and compares Mandy’s approach to Anna Atkins’ 19th century work, writing:

“Now, 170 years after Atkins, another British woman has produced an important photobook that echoes Victorian-era science even as it exposes a contemporary environmental crisis. Mandy Barker’s Beyond Drifting: Imperfectly Known Animals similarly occupies that liminal space where art and science converge, and its impeccable presentation exemplifies how book design can extend content.”

The entire review is well worth a read.

And Lucy Davies wrote a wonderful piece in V&A Magazine (Spring 2017), enthusiastically proclaiming Beyond Drifting ‘an astounding piece of work’ – text below:

A massive thank you to these writers and media – along with others – for sharing stories about Mandy and her phenomenal photographic work! Also thanks to the physical (and online) bookshops stocking Beyond Drifting, including Photobookstore (UK) for featuring it in their Recommended list.

It’s admirable, too, that during this period Mandy found the energy to sail aboard Greenpeace UK’s Beluga Expedition off the western coast of Scotland for a week, searching for more marine plastic debris to photograph (sadly, it wasn’t difficult to find). Follow her on twitter to read all about it!

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Mandy Barker book signings at Photo London

Spread from Beyond Drifting: Imperfectly Known Animals

The third edition of Photo London is coming soon, gathering a selection of the world’s leading photography galleries and emerging artists for exhibitions, and featuring a talks programme. Tickets are available in advance via their website, and events take place 18-21 May 2017 at Somerset House.

Mandy Barker is represented at the fair by East Wing gallery and they are hosting two book signings for Beyond Drifting: Imperfectly Known Animals during the weekend.

If you’re planning to attend be sure to stop by East Wing at booth C-2 to meet Mandy and view the Artist Edition box that we are working hard to complete for launch at the fair! East Wing will have copies of trade edition book available throughout the weekend.

Book signing times:
Saturday 20 May 2017 – 2.30-3.30pm
Sunday 21 May 2017 – 1.30-2.30pm

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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