Empty Forest


Title: Empty Forest
Photographer: Nanouk Prins
Publishing date: 2021 1st edition and 2022 2nd edition
Language: English

Design: Studio Swarte
Lithography: Marco Kokkelkoren
Printing: Zwaan Lenoir
Binding: Agia Amsterdam

Edition: 180 copies in a second-time edition
Size: 270x185x13 mm
Pages: 112
Cover: hardcover

Price: € 35,00
Shipping cost: included for The Netherlands




‘Empty Forest’ is about a woman called Emma Hauck who was committed to a psychiatric hospital in Heidelberg (Germany) in 1909. She was diagnosed with Schizophrenia. 11 years later she would pass away at the age of 42. Around that time a collection of letters was found in the archives of the Heidelberg hospital. All of these letters were written to her husband Michael, begging him to collect her. Each letter is written with overlapping words. Some are so condensed as to be illegible. Some read “herzensschatzi komm’ (darling come) over and over; others only repeat the words, ‘komm, komm, komm’ (come) thousands of times.

The letters were never sent…