Martin Parr describes his new book; Gerhard Steidl packs his suitcase; Ed Ruscha designs an ambitious artist’s book; Günter Grass illustrates a new cover for The Tin Drum; Joel Sternfeld takes photos with his iPhone; Karl Lagerfeld walks the runway in Paris; Robert Adams rummages for vintage prints; Jeff Wall offers a tour of his new studio; John Cohen gives an impromptu concert; Robert Frank stumbles across a forgotten Polaroid….
For over a year, Gereon Wetzel and Jörg Adolph filmed on site at Düstere Strasse 4 in Göttingen, recording first-hand the organized chaos that is daily working life at Steidl Publishers. From book concept to design, from editorial and prepress to printing, the film exposes the craft of bookmaking today. Accompanying Gerhard Steidl on travels to artists’ studios and galleries-from New York and Mabou, to Doha and Vancouver-Wetzel and Adolph also capture some of the unique characters and collaborations through which Steidl books come into being. Gereon Wetzel and Jörg Adolph are filmmakers whose passion is narrative, feature-length documentary films. They are the founders of DocCollection.
How to Make a Book with Steidl is made in collaboration with DocCollection and The Goethe Institute.