Ines von Ketelhodt – Album
One of our favorite books by Ines v. Ketelhodt – a photobook of great artistic charm
(Ines von Ketelhodt) Album. Photographs by Ines von Ketelhodt. Flörsheim. 2008. 72p. 11. 75” x 8.25”. Photographs digitally printed on parchment paper (for the twenties they are in black-and-white, later in the fifties and sixties they are in color); handset and letterpress printed. Bound in gray linen boards with two black shapes reflecting old photograph holders in an album. One in an edition of 45 copies, signed by von Ketelhodt. Fine.
Ines von Ketelhodt selected 15 photographs from different family photo albums. It is always her father in the photos: with his own father, when he was a baby; as a little child with all his sisters and brothers; when he got married; with his children; when he was on holidays; and finally with a grandchild. The chosen motto by the French philosopher Maurice Blanchot deals with remembrance, with presence and absence of a person.
Translation of the quote by Maurice Blanchot, which von Ketelhodt used in ALBUM: “… the essence of the image is to be altogether outside, without intimacy, and yet more inaccessible and mysterious than the thought of the innermost being; without signification, yet summoning up the depth of any possible meaning; unrevealed yet manifest, having that absence-as-presence which constitutes the lure and the fascination of the Sirens.”