A new book coming out on November on the work of Willem Marinus Dudok (1884-1974) in Hilversum (Netherlands), presented November 7th: Presentatie boek Wonderlijkheden – Dudok Architectuur Centrum
…The photos by Iwan Baan are a spectacular contra story. Raised in Hilversum, the work of Dudok is, like for many citizens of Hilversum, also a natural backdrop to everyday life for Iwan Baan. People live in a Dudok house, go to school in a Dudok school, get married in the town hall and / or are buried in a Dudok cemetery. His movements through the city, passing by countless unobtrusive buildings by his hand, such as electricity houses, bridges, stairs, a boathouse or a pumping station, further reinforces Dudok’s everyday life.
The street photos that are included in this publication apparently show how these buildings blend into the city unnoticed. They also show the variety of styles, materials and shapes that Dudok used to express function, context and users. Used to experience Dudok’s oeuvre in publications as stately works of art, photographed in optimum light with artistic lines in empty streets, Iwan Baan’s photos feel almost disrespectful. His aerial photos show that that is not justified. All Dudok’s work is – just as he had envisaged – part of a larger plan for Tuinstad Hilversum. Now, about 100 years later, it is visible from the air how the entire Hilversum oeuvre of Dudok, from large to small, is part of an – by the way – ultramodern – garden city concept. This publication shows Dudok again, but differently.
- Expected: October 2019
- Author: Lara Voerman
- Photography: Iwan Baan
- Commissioned by: Dudok Architectuur Centrum
- Publisher: Verloren (order here in English or in Dutch)
- Design: Margriet V.
- Editors: Irmgard van Koningsbruggen and Indira van ‘t Klooster
- Number of pages: approximately 120
- Price: around € 19,95