I am a graphic designer in my current adopted city of Leipzig. Since 2013 I have been working independently and internationally for various artists, publishers and cultural institutions with a focus on book design and illustration. I studied graphic design and painting at the Akademie der bildenden Künste in Stuttgart (diploma 2011) and at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan. After that I was employed at Kehrer Verlag in Heidelberg for two years and then decided to become self-employed. My passion is designing art and photography books.
I love the process of developing a book in close collaboration with artists and photographers and making it a special object and experience through layout, sequence and choice of materials.
Not least because of my studies in painting, I also love to develop image ideas for certain contents and to find the right technique of implementation and visual language for realization – be it for cover designs, posters or free works.
“When Red Disappears” by Elsbeth Diederix.
is for me one of the most beautiful current photo books. Ich habe es auf der “Offprint” in Paris entdeckt. As an avid snorkeler, it intrigued me in many ways. This book manages that one “dives” in the double sense into an exciting underwater world. From the perspective of a diver gliding along, the incredibly attractive world of corals and marine life opens up. The photographs have a very picturesque appearance and at the same time elements of distortion, which one only perceives under water through the diving goggles. In terms of color, too, one is immersed in the entire palette of the sea. The title of the book refers to the peculiarity that the color red visually disappears below a water depth of 5 meters. The pictures are printed on open uncoated paper with a black background, which further enhances the feeling of “immersion”. Besides the pictures, I love the unexciting noble and coherent design of this book, the black color cut and the beautiful binding. An all-around great book.
The book “»Anonyme Fotografien aus Deutschland«” by Günter Karl Bose shows a smorgasbord of found snapshots. Anonymous photographs that revive excerpts of foreign lives and German history – like rummaging through old pictures at the flea market. All photos are reproduced in small original format in the book. I especially love the use of typography and image positions in this book as well. The designer takes the liberty to work with a lot of white space. In these white spaces he manages to place small pictorial notes in a discreet manner with so much compositional tension and freedom that one immediately senses that a master of typography must have been at work here. For me one of the most beautiful books ever.
“Redheaded Peckerwood” by Christian Petterson
is for me a kind of photographic scavenger hunt – tragic and shocking, at the same time incredibly exciting. It takes you on the journey of a murderous young couple. A couple of 19 and 14 years old kill ten people, including the girl’s family, during a three-day rampage in Nebraska. Petterson creates access to this event, which is based on a true story, on the one hand through a free photographic treatment of the places and things that are central to the story or inspired by it. On the other hand, he also works with techniques of photojournalism and forensic photography. Interspersed throughout the book are reproductions of original documents, such as letters, messages, and personal items belonging to the criminal couple. Some of these are stapled as slips of paper between the pages of the book. A wonderful book concept.