Although we live in a digital age there is more attention for the paper photo book then ever before. Since the invention of the camera phone we started to use photography as a visual language, a language that has no boundaries. On the net we are constantly in contact with the rest of the world. We still have to get used to this ‘brave new world’. The paper photo book represents solidity, something we can literarily hold on to. It is trustworthy and has the aura of the original. The photo book is a visual novel. With this in mind graphic design agency Heijdens Karwei designs their photography books.
Teun van de Heijden is an award-winning designer and founder of Dutch design agency Heijdens Karwei. Often collaborating with photographers, the photobooks he has designed include Belgian Autumn by Jan Rosseel, Interrogations by Donald Weber, and Black Passport by Stanley Greene. For over ten years Teun van der Heijden has also designed the World Press Photo yearbooks and exhibitions. He regularly lectures at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, Art Academy St. Joost in Breda and teaches workshops in Italy, Estonia, Angola, Nigeria and the US.
Heijdens Karwei is a graphic design agency based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The agency is specialized in designing photo books. Heijdens Karwei is the design couple Sandra van der Doelen and Teun van der Heijden. End of the nineties they started to work for the World Press Photo foundation and because of that developed a passionate interest for photography that eventually led to book design.