falling from a height

“The flood of individual images rises and falls like a feverish patient’s temperature curve, while the skillful use of lighting gives even greater poignancy to this mournful melody” – Christoph Tannert

For his project/experiment ‘Falling from a height’, Martijn Berk immersed himself in an obsession with a 20-year-old young man. The tension between active and passive, exhibitionism and voyeurism, narcissism and the dependency on the other’s gaze and the boundaries between fiction and reality are pivotal in this story. The obsession resulted in a photo book ‘Falling from a height’, including the 4000+ photo’s that were produced. Included are emotive excerpts from Oscar van den Boogaard and an essay by Christoph Tannert. The book is designed by Sybren Kuiper (-SYB-). The book received praise from several reviewers in print (including Vrij Nederland), on-line and Dutch radio. The book is included in several library collections, including Tate Library (London), FOAM Library (Amsterdam) and the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (Royal Library) The Hague. A selection from the work was presented in the Foam Cafe Amsterdam in summer 2013.

“Nothing is more curious and awkward than the relationship of two people who only know each other with their eyes — who meet and observe each other daily, even hourly and who keep up the impression of disinterest either because of morals or because of a mental abnormality.” – Thomas Mann


“and that’s great design: It’s simple and obvious, and only very few people can do it well.” – Jörg Colberg