Ever since she can remember, photographer Judith Minks has been fascinated by freckles. She has also always sought order. Two contradicting themes in her life and who knows, perhaps the random plotting of freckles triggered her need for order.

Her fascination for freckles led to the start of a project in 2017 where she portrayed people with freckles from all parts of the Netherlands using the “beautiful northern light” and a simple studio set-up. Freckled volunteers were photographed in one of her two homes in Harlingen and Vlieland. Princess Alexia did not respond to her invitation to join the project, but with those beautiful freckles, she would have fit in perfectly!

Finally, now that the project is completed, more than 150 people have been portrayed. Beauty spots, brown sugar, tips of steel nerves … just to name a few. Freckles is a selection of 64 of the resulting portraits of those who are “blessed” with freckles.

Sybren Kuiper, the book designer likens the images to starry skies on cloudless nights, and following this line of thought he and Judith designed and edited this unique book. With the assistance of lithographer Sebastiaan Hanekroot, bookbinder Wytze Fopma, printer Jos Morree, and writer Gitte Brugman, a wonderful and brilliant project has been realized.

Movie: making process of the book.

Freckles-JudithMinks-Klein from Judith Minks on Vimeo.

Facts and figures

Photography: Judith Minks
Design: Sybren Kuiper / -SYB-
Lithography: Sebastiaan Hanekroot / Colour & Books
Printer: Jos Morree / Fine Books
Binding and production: Fopma Wier (Wytze Fopma)
Text: Gitte Brugman / Photojournalism
Copies: 500 copies in a one-time edition
Pages: 74
Size (mm): 279 x 416
Binding: Hardcover with blind debossed title
Printing: Printed in Arctic Volume 170 grs / folia kite paper 40 grs perfect bound
Language: Bilingual edition, Dutch/English
ISBN: 9789090316772
Signed by the artist
Pricing: € 189 incl. VAT and excl. shipping costs outside the Netherlands.



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