Concentric Circles | A Chronicle of Steidl Publishers


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Monte Packham

Published by STEIDL


Concentric Circles chronicles the time between 26 August 2008 and 27 January 2009 at Steidl Publishers. The book is the first to document the printing and publishing house, and is a window into the processes, experiences and bustle of Düstere Strasse 4, Göttingen.

Comprising a log of hundreds of entries, Concentric Circles retells and records events as they unfolded in their unpredictability and urgency – Günter Grass tapping tobacco into his pipe while refining the typography of his book Die BoxGerhard Steidl deciphering the arabesque faxes of Karl Lagerfeld, the sudden breahdown of the printing press. These Daily entries are neriched by interviews with, and original texts by, some of Steidl´s most important collaborators including Lewis BaltzJim DineDavid BaileyRoni HornKarl LagerfeldJuergen TellerTacita Dean, and Joel Sternfeld.

A circle owes its symmetry to its centre, from which every pointon the circumference is equidistant. What, then, is the centre of Steidl´s concentric circles, in all their different guises? Perhaps the initial idea from which a book grows; Göttingen, where every Steidl book is craftet; or Gerhard Steidl himself, who founded the company and continues to determine the substance of its creations – the nature of its circles?

Steidl´s concentric circles are in flux: new circles of progress and difficulty constantly emerge, whileothers dissolve. Look closely and the seemingly empty rings of space between circles are actually imbued with traces of past activities – the memory of circles that once were.