Book Review: Anouk Kruithof's "Untitled"

As part of our newly redesigned website and blog, you can now expect to see book reviews from past Capricious print and online contributors once a month. Our latest review is of Anouk Kruithof's Untitled, a book she self-published this year. Kruithof was featured in Capricious Magazine No. 6:  Just Can't Get Enough. In tandem with this new book, Kruithof is also raising money via Kickstarter for her latest book project, AUTOMAGIC, here

Video courtesy of the artist.

Untitled (I’ve Taken Too Many Photos / I’ve Never Taken A Photo) is a 112 page newsprint publication that creates an insightful perspective on our image and internet obsessed culture.

Untitled began in 2012 when Kruithof set out to edit personal archive. To do so, she paired up with Harrison Medina, a young man who responded to the artist's ads posted in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn that starkly read “Did you never make a photograph in your life?” According to her website, "the editing process began with 300 images out of Kruithof’s automagic archive, which Medina narrowed down to 75 and edited in three different sizes, which formed a spatial installation in the form of a photo-ceiling. Kruithof recorded the conversation during the selecting process, which is printed in this publication alongside 22 new photos. The new photos Kruithof made by reframing the physical prints, which formed the installation as a reaction on the spectator’s analogue interactive behavior, while viewing the photo-ceiling with mirrors."

Untitled develops as a conversation between the two individuals, Kruithof whose photo archive is in the thousands and Medina who sees no necessity for sharing. Together, they resist the digital and internet movement entirely. Kruithof has Medina objectively edit her enormous archive, choosing which photographs he responds to — giving more perspective and middle ground to the frequent debate of oversharing, public vs. private, and living life in a highly digitized era. The book is a beautifully composed, thoughtful, and tangible exploration on our evolving relationship to digital culture. 

If you're interested in buying a copy of Untitled, you can get it from Kruithof's website here. 

Text by Kelly Surdo