Men of the Rotterdam by Ruud Sies

19 December, 2012

Title of publication: Men of the Rotterdam
Name of artist: Ruud Sies
Text: Pim Milo
Design: Teun van der Heijden
Editor: Ruud Sies / Teun van der Heijden (cooperation on editing)
Publication date: September 15th 2012
Place of publication: Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Edition size: 700 English / 700 Dutch
Format: Hardcover with Linnen and Dustjacket
Size: 20,7 x 25,9cm
Number of pages: 48
Type of printing: Offset (Duotone Black with pms)
Type of paper: Bioset 170 grs
Name of printer: Lecturis, Eindhoven
Number of pictures: 30 + 1 (cover)
Price: 24,95 Euro
Description of book: Men of the Rotterdam is a special selection made from the photo documentary entitled Building The Rotterdam.
The Rotterdam is a multifunctional building at the shores of the river Maas on the Wilhelminapier in the city of Rotterdam, designed by (Office for Metropolitan Architecture) of Rem Koolhaas
Photographer Ruud Sies recorded construction of De Rotterdam right from the first shovel of dirt at the 2009 ground breaking right through to delivery in November 2013.
Sies works in the tradition of Lewis Hine, whose poetic shots of iron workers perched high on the Empire State Building 80 years ago still can take our breath away.
Sies’ photos show the rough and ready construction workers in what appears to be a ballet of precisely choreographed dance poses. Taut muscles, focused gaze, nerves well under control. They are a team who, like dancers or athletes after long and intensive practice, have coordinated their moves and rely on each other to be where they are needed.
Men of the Rotterdam was issued in September 2012 for the openings in the Netherlands Museum of Photography, of the Lewis Hine retrospective show, “Photography for a Change”, and “Building The Rotterdam A work in progress” by Ruud Sies.
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