Life is One Live it Well

Trade book

  • Design: Michael Kominek and Henrik Malmström
  • Text: Henrik Malmström, untitled epilogue
  • Publisher: Kominek, Berlin
  • Edition: 375 signed and numbered
  • Printing: DZA Druckerei Zu Altenburg, Berlin
  • Binding: Full white paper over board, with offset reproductions mounted on the cover and back cover
  • Pagination: 256 pages (21.5 x 30.5 cm) + 1 loose paper (21 x 30 cm)
  • Illustrations: 255 color images
  • Photographed: 2011-14
  • Published: June 2015

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Special edition including three original polaroids

  • Edition: 25 signed and numbered, plus 2 artist’s copies
  • Prints: 3 polaroids, without titles. 2015 (9.9 x 6.2 cm)
  • Published: August 2015

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Newsprint

  • Design: Henrik Malmström
  • Publisher: Müll im Keller, Hamburg
  • Edition: 75
  • Printer: Newspaper Club, Glasgow
  • Binding: Unbound
  • Pagination: 36 pages (29 x 38 cm)
  • Illustrations: 28 color images
  • Photographed: 2011-13
  • Published: October 2013

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Synopsis

Life is One Live it Well takes us back to the dodgy area of St. Georg in Hamburg and to many of its barrooms: Mickey Mouse, Windstärke 11, Zum Frühaufsteher, Rund um die Uhr, Moin Moin, Treff Hamburg-München, also the Vanessa Bar, Dschungel Bar, Rubin Bar, Moulin Rouge,
Zar und Zimmermann and Astra Stübchen.

Somewhere between the bittersweet fatalism of Rainer Werner Fassbinder and the deadpan mien
aesthetics of Aki Kaurismäki, Malmström recreates in color a contemporary “Café Lehmitz”.
Its ambiance is imbued with visual stylization and a warm-hearted emotional immediacy towards its people who just want to be left in peace and “drink their bitter cup of broken dreams”, as the famous Finnish tango artist Olavi Virta sings. After all, life is one, so you better live it well.
Thank you for the visit.

Natasha Christia

This is the first part of the St. Georg book trilogy:
Life is One Live it Well – A Minor WrongdoingOk Cloth Shop

Press

Rémi Coignet / The PhotoBook Review

Tom Medwell / ASX

Erik Vroons / GUP

Fred Cray / Photoeye

Peter Lindhorst / Photonews

Lorenz Hartwig / VICE

Thomas Wiegand / RRB Photobooks

Atsushi Saito / Atsushi Saito Blog

Martin Amis / Photobookstore

Past Exhibitions

Fotobokfestival Oslo (G) / Youngstorget / September 8 – 18, 2016


Best Photobooks Kassel (G) / Fotobookfestival Kassel / June 11 – July 3, 2016


Best Photography Books of the Year (G) / Photoespaña / May 31 – September 4, 2016


What´s This Book? (G) / Belgrade Photo Month / April 15 – 29, 2016


Nachbarschaft (G) / Galerie der Stadt Wels / October 25, 2014 – January 11, 2015


Subreale Welten (G) / Port Gallery T / October 17 – November 16, 2014


Hamburger Arbeitsstipendium (G) / Kunsthaus Hamburg / December 9, 2013 – January 12, 2014

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