TitleWild Pigeon
ArtistCarolyn Drake
Colour gradingColour & Books
SeparationsColour & Books
Press ChecksColour & Books
ProductionFINE BOOKS, Jos Morree
PublisherCarolyn Drake
BinderAbbring + AGIA
BindingThread sewn, hard cover

The Book

The images for Wild Pigeon where taken between 2007 and 2013 in the autonomous region of Uyghur. Each time she visited the region Carolyn noticed the change in the villages. Uyghur cities had to make way for Chinese cities and Han Chinese where taking over the place. The Uyghurs protested against the changes in 2009 and hundreds of Uyghurs died but they where not allowed to talk about it.
Taking pictures was a difficult task, some Uyghurs believed that only Allah was allowed to make life so Carolyn tried to find a way where the project became a collaboration between her and the people while respecting their believes. The book was named after the work of an Uyghur artist named Nurmuhemmet Yasin. One of his pieces was called Wild Pigeon, which circulated widely but was met with dissaproval by the Chinese government. He was sentenced to 10 years prison.





The Process

This is the second book I made with Carolyn Drake. Meaning, I was more familiar with her visual language. Therefore, I was able to start refining the expression on the images immediately.
The paper choice was based on my suggestion. In my opinion this paper would work and look the best with the images and what she wanted to tell to her audience. In close cooperation with the printer we managed to achieve reproductions on the uncoated paper that nearly match the results it would have had on a fully coated stock.

Wild Pigeon won the Anamorphosis Prize of 2015.