Noud and Ruby decided to spruce up their living room in 1965 by refurnishing the fireplace and adding a new sofa, a tufted corner piece in a classy shade of beige velveteen; not a right-angled design, but a soft, sensual curve snaking around the corner of the room. Noud and Ruby’s redecorating set the scene for what would become a sincere and erotic collaboration between the couple that spanned almost ten years and documented both fashion and fantasy. But the pictures were never intended to be revealed outside their living room. This prompts us to question who we are behind closed doors and what sides of our identities we choose to conceal, even if they give us pleasure or satisfaction.
Erik Kessels (b. 1966) is a Dutch artist, designer and curator with a particular interest in photography, and creative director of KesselsKramer, an advertising agency in Amsterdam. He is "best known as a book publisher specializing in absurdist found photography", extensively publishing his and others' found and vernacular photography.
Published by Kesselskramer, 104 p, ills colour & bw. Dimensions are 16 x 20 cm. Paperback. English.
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