Events with Gerhard Steidl

Friday 11 January 2019

6 pm
Screening of the film How to Make a Book with Steidl (2010), followed by Q&A with Gerhard Steidl in person

How to Make a Book with Steidl (2010)
Documentary film by Gereon Wetzel and Jörg Adolph
With Gerhard Steidl, Martin Parr, Joel Sternfeld, Robert Frank, Ed Ruscha, Karl Lagerfeld, Günter Grass, Robert Adams, Jeff Wall, and many others

Martin Parr describes his new book / Gerhard Steidl packs his suitcase / Ed Ruscha designs an ambitious artist's book / Günter Grass illustrates a new cover for The Tin Drum / Joel Sternfeld takes photos with his iPhone / Karl Lagerfeld walks the runway in Paris / Robert Adams rummages for vintage prints / Jeff Wall offers a tour of his new studio / John Cohen gives an impromptu concert / Robert Frank stumbles across a forgotten Polaroid…
For over a year, award-winning directors Gereon Wetzel and Jörg Adolph filmed on site at Düstere Strasse 4 in Göttingen, recording first-hand the organized chaos that is daily working life at Steidl Publishers. From book concept to design, from editorial and prepress to printing, the film exposes the craft of bookmaking today. Accompanying Gerhard Steidl on travels to artists' studios and galleries - from New York and Mabou, to Doha and Vancouver - Wetzel and Adolph also capture some of the unique characters and collaborations through which Steidl books come into being.
Gereon Wetzel and Jörg Adolph are filmmakers whose passion is narrative, feature-length documentary films. Graduates of the film academy in Munich, they have worked in film and television, and collaboratively since their 2007 film The Reproduction Crisis. Wetzel and Adolph have received multiple awards for their work and in 2008 founded the label DocCollection with Ingo Fliess.

Awards for How to Make a Book with Steidl
Best German Documentary (Golden Dove), Leipzig Documentary Festival, 2010
Award of the Goethe-Institut, Duisburger Filmwoche, 2010
German Documentary Award (Preis des Hauses des Dokfilms), 2011

Film and Q&A in English language

Saturday 12 January 2019

2 pm
Talk by Gerhard Steidl: Gerhard Steidl Reveals His 100 Favourite Steidl Books

Here Gerhard Steidl presents his 100 personal favourite Steidl books and shares the secrets of their creation. What is Steidl book culture and what distinguishes Steidl books from the thousands of others on the market? Why are these 100 books outstanding?
Gerhard Steidl answers these questions and more in this interactive presentation - the 100 books will be laid on tables to be held in one's hands and browsed through - recalling interactions with the artists and the individual choices for format, layout, paper, ink and binding materials that together make each book a multiple of the artist's vision.

Talk in English language. Registration to the event by e-mail:

4 pm
Lecture by Gerhard Steidl: The Renaissance of the Analogue in a Digital World

In 1968 Gerhard Steidl, at the age of 18, founded his own publishing house and began working as a printer and book designer for artists including Joseph Beuys, A. R. Penck, Klaus Staeck and Günter Grass. From the very beginning his concept was to invite the artists to Göttingen to collaboratively create books with them. From initial layout to the final printed result, the whole process takes place under a single roof. Today Steidl has the largest program of books on contemporary photography and an ambitious German literature list. Gerhard Steidl also conceives and curates international exhibitions for artists including Karl Lagerfeld and Robert Frank. Whether fashion, art or literature, Steidl's aim is to realize the individual ideas of the artist or author, and to create art in book form.
In this lecture Gerhard Steidl explores his bookmaking philosophy, his passion for paper, and why he's convinced the analogue is currently enjoying a renaissance. The world-renowned bookmaker gives insights into his printing and publishing house in Göttingen, and recounts the collaboration there with Antanas Sutkus on his book Planet Lithuania - from concept to printed object.

Lecture in English language

All events are free. For more information call: +370 5 2122997 

Initiator of the visit Asociation of Lithuanian Art Photographers Kaunas branch
The events are supported by Goethe-Institut Vilnius, EUNIC, Papyrus

Photograph by Markus Jans, SZ Magazin

NGA Auditorium
2019 01 11


Gerhard Steidl. Photo by Markus Janus

On 11-12 January the National Gallery of Art is visited by Gerhard Steidl the founder of Steidl Verlag in the connection to Antanas Sutkus exhibition "KOSMOS".