Viviane Sassen: UMBRA
Publisher Prestel Verlag
Design and layout Irma Boom Office
This latest book by Viviane Sassen explores the concept of shadow. Based on the exhibition UMBRA, first shown at the Nederlands Fotomuseum Rotterdam, Viviane Sassen’s new book focuses on a common theme in her photographs: shadow. In this book she leads us through a series of thought-provoking takes on the concept—shadow as metaphor for anxiety and desire; as a symbol of both memory and hope for the future; and as an evocation of imagination and illusion. Sassen’s work is renowned for its interplay between realism and abstraction. Here that characteristic emerges in the dramatic use of light, shadow and color, as well as the cropping of images and interventions on the prints. This book accentuates Sassen’s contrasting color schemes to reinforce the idea of shadow creating a tactile and visual experience.