Gueorgui Pinkhassov, Sightwalk, Phaidon Press

Gueorgui Pinkhassov, Sightwalk, Phaidon Press

Why do photography books have to feature a photograph on the front cover? “Sightwalk”, a collection of Tokyo images by Russian-born Magnum photographer Gueorgui Pinkhassov, was an opportunity for the designer to break this mould.

Sightwalk is bound, appropriately, in “Beluga”, a bubble textured material. Inside, the images are printed on a metallic paper and the pages are french folded. A grid device introduced on the fly sheet as a debossed pattern, appears again as the contents page, featuring all the photographs in the book. It is then developed as a series of windows with “haiku” style titles to mark the chapters. Together, the elements set a pace that encourages you to linger over the images. In all, the design helps to turn a small collection of only 25 photographs into a sumptuous album.

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Phaidon Press

Phaidon Press is an international publisher of books on the visual arts with offices in New York, London, Paris and Berlin, and distributors worldwide.

Phaidon has a long and distinguished history as an art book publisher. The company was founded in Vienna in 1923 by Dr. Bela Horowiz and Ludwig Goldscheider and named after "Phaedo", Socrates' pupil who spoke on the immortality of the soul. Their key objective was to deliver quality books at affordable prices.

Today, Phaidon books are recognised worldwide for the highest quality of content, design, and production. They cover everything from art, architecture, photography, design, performing arts, decorative arts, contemporary culture, fashion, and film.