TitleNew Dutch Views
ArtistMarwan Bassiouni
Colour gradingColour & Books
SeparationsColour & Books
Press checksColour & Books
PrinterWilco Art Books
BinderWilco Art Books
PaperArctic Volume white
Bindingsoftcover, sewn with French folds
ReproductionCMYK (LED-UV)


The Book

New Dutch Views by Marwan Bassiouni shows the Dutch Landscape as seen through the windows of Mosques in The Netherlands. Thus, the photographer presents an image of the diversity of Islam together with the diversity of the Dutch Lanscapes.

New Dutch Views shows a symbolic portrait of Marwan’s mixed cultural self too. Marwan was raised in a mixed cultural family that has both Egyptian, European and American roots.
The book also contains personal texts by the photographer about his relation to Islam.



The Process

Marwan was one of my first students at the Royal University of Art (KABK) in The Hague. I was lecturing in photographic post production and printing for some years at he photography department of that institution.
During his graduation year we met again and discussed the possibilities in editing his images for the final presentation. Out of this connection with him and his work I felt quite exited when it came to a show at the Haags Fotomuseum and a book published by Lecturis.
We picked up on our conversations on how best to present this work while he was shooting new material for the show and book.

For this work finding the balance between the parts of the images that depict the interiors of the mosques and the view through windows is extremely delicate. We agreed that it was essential that the audience does not find a particular focus in the images. Both the inside of the mosque and the view are equally important. So, your eye should not stop focussing at one point in particular.
The edits Marwan and I finally agreed upon were also used to print the exhibition prints.
In this case it brings me extra pleasure whenever I hear people comment on the beauty of the prints or the reproductions in the book.