Concertina (Mock and Final Book) – Exhibition Ready Statements

Concertina: ‘a small musical instrument played by stretching and squeezing a central bellows between the hands to blow air over reeds, each note being sounded by a button.’

The word concertina would usually be associated with the instrument that is also related to the accordion which is similar but plays differently and the buttons are usually different.

However on general terms it means to ‘extend, compress, or collapse in folds like those of a concertina.’ When this is associated to paper/books and the style of folding, it should be seen in the examples below:



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I am presenting my book in the form of a concertina because it allows the viewer to engage with the physicality of the tangible object by making them pull open pages to view larger images printed bleeding through onto a secondary page.

This is the mock version of the final book:

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Once I received the prints back from the Print Bureau it was ready to physical build the copy of the book. The long panoramic sheets formed the concertina however it is in four pieces because the printer and photoshop could not manage any more files.

It had to be folded accordingly to the edit and sequence of images/design that I have created. The paper for the main book is Semi-matte and the covers are designed on gloss.

Process of binding the book:


Roll of all the pages


Flattening out and using the folding bone in order to score the pages for folding



When connecting each pages together with a combination of masking tape and double sided tape, I had to form an extra piece known as the ‘joiner’ to allow the pages to fold correctly and not be stuck together back to back.



Sleeve Design 1: (back)


Sleeve Design 1: (front)


Final sleeve design 2: (front and limited edition prints)


Final sleeve design 2: (back and back of limited edition prints)


Tied up with string to complete the book.

Exhibition Ready: the book will be displayed on a plinth (If possible considering installation abilities, a 4ft tree log placed on sand with reference to the book ‘Libyan Sands: Travel in a Dead World’) and then positioned on the wall above are 1 or 3 ’65x65cm’ prints within 3 ’70x100cm’ white frames. (These prints will be chosen from the Mamiya 7 and/or Rolleiflex images either colour or black and white.)

I was inspired by the way this exhibition was conducted. The prints were mounted in frames roughly 100x100cm and hung on a wooden fence/structure on top of sand as if it was in the middle of a dessert under a festival tent. Not being sure what the name of the exhibition was but it included works of various photographers and it was a photo festival in China.