on 26 June 2008
First off the book is captioned wrongly, the photographer is Bert Teunissen and the book is a MONOGRAPH of his superb photographs.
These are superbly executed 4x5 photographs from a really interesting project. Teunissen spent a number of years travelling to various parts of Europe to photograph the beautifully, naturally lit interiors of unrennovated houses along with their elderly inhabitants centre stage. The result is a glimpse into the recent past, which will soon be gone forever. The images are by turns moving and intriguing. That many people obviously live in these sometimes beautifully simple and spartan houses, without modern conveniences, in order to remain connected with a reminder of their past raises the viewer's curiosity in a way that simple interiors would not. Well worth the space on any photographers bookcase. 5 star plus.