Lang Zal Ze Leven Happy Birthday To You


self published publication and photo-wallpaper installation

This book has been nominated for the Dutch Doc Award 2012 and has been shown at FOAM Pop In Amsterdam, museum het Dolhuys Haarlem and at Tropenmuseum Amsterdam.

Happy birthday to you is an unconventional publication about a social project by Anouk Kruithof, which she undertook during her stay at the artistic residence 'Het Vijfde Seizoen' at the Altrecht psychiatric unit in Den Dolder in 2011. Kruithof interviewed 10 patients about their birthday wishes and then celebrated it with and for them according to these wishes. 'One of them wanted a big party with live performances and herring on toast with fresh orange juice for all guests, the next wanted to go to Utrecht to smoke a birthday joint.' Anouk asked each patient for their favourite colour and they all got a cake adorned with their portrait photograph. Anouk did this deliberately, because cutting and eating 'your own face' always puts people as ease. The publication consists of both quotes from the interviews as well as photos of hand-made 3D sets in which the documentary photographs of the birthdays are displayed as small exhibitions. The publication offers a chronological overview of how the 10 birthdays were celebrated and of the honest collaboration with people with a psychiatric condition.

Martin Parr in the Independent newspaper and on PhotoEye best books of 2011: My big obsession is photobooks, and because of this interest, a book arrives nearly every day. Happy birthday to you by Anouk Kruithof really stands out. This Dutch photographer arranged a project in a psychiatric hospital to make a birthday cake with patients that depicted a wish for their birthday. She shoots these and puts behind a small paper "door" and places cut out photos of the folk on the surrounding pages. This is probably the wackiest book of the year.

Also selected for the PhotoEye best book sof 2011 by Alec Soth and Antone Dolezal

"Here is a fantastic example of an unconventional approach to book making. Kruithof's cut-and-paste design on this over-sized newsprint format seems simple at first. But her intimate collaboration with psychiatric patients and thoughtful approach are anything but that."

Review Sarah Bradley on PhotoEye Link


Lang Zal Ze Leven Happy Birthday To You

Limited edition (500) SOLD OUT -29.7 X 42 cm, 52 pages black & white (images) on mint green paper -21 x 29.7 cm, 28 pages black & white (texts) on white paper -1 poster 70 x 42 cm - 10 small color photographs manually glued -10 color leaflets manually mounted with a scotch tape the publication is wrapped with a white ribbon

concept & design by Anouk Kruithof photographs by Anouk Kruithof & Sascha Landshoff (Anouk's assistent)

introduction text by Armand Hoppener

text: quotes from patients: interviews & edit by Anouk Kruithof

Dutch/English 2011, self published ISBN 978-90-817081-1-1

View Project / Order Here

A Head With Wings

Limited edition (1000) 28 pages of various size 6.625 inch by 7.875 inch custom side stapled color offset with gatefold and various inserts

concept, text and images by Anouk Kruithof

design by Hans Seeger

Dutch/English 2011, published by Little Brown Mushroom Minneapolis USA

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Der Ausbruch Einer Flexiblen Wand / The Eruption Of A Flexible Wall



bw wallpaper dyptich

2 photo wallpapers of each 400-300 cm

shown at the group-exhibition Still/Life (Dutch Contemporary Photography) at FOAM 2011 (9 September to 26 October 2011)

A Head With Wings

A HEAD WITH WINGS can be seen as cross-pollination between object, pop-up book, installation and publication (View Book). The publication is published with Little Brown Mushroom, a small publishing house ran by photographer Alec Soth. He invites photographers to make a publication in a series with a predetermined format, cover and binding. Moreover, there is the mandatory use of text (storytelling). In this publication you'll find photos of handmade 3d stage-sets made out of Anouk Kruithof's automagic archive. There is no found footage used and no Photoshop. You'll find photos of a man, which she has ever made in a park in Berlin in 2008. This man seemed to be very much in his own inner world, far away from reality. Anouk made cut outs of these pictures and combined them with other material from her automagic archive, pasted them on cardboard, rearranged them and photographed the whole. The result is a depth, which is barely perceptible and works a bit alienating. Add to this the equally remarkable backgrounds of beams and rocks and you have a photo hallucinatory trip. The story - which is only partially aligned with the images - contributes greatly to the trip. (the source for this text are the words of lise lotte ten voorde, read full review HERE)

PDF of the short story A HEAD WITH WINGS in English HERE

PDF of the short story EEN HOOFD MET VLEUGELS in Dutch HERE

"Raymond Meeks on Photo Eye Best Books of 2011 about this book: "Fantastic merging of written and visual narrative which also function independent of one another. The size, format and playful structure of this book "throws open the shutters" with new possibilities for the photobook to entertain (why not?) as well as inform"

Little Brown Mushroom  Here

LBW Interview Here