Preview Hartmann Books Fall 2022
Romance and structure? Why is this the main idea of this publishing preview?
Perhaps because the two terms well describe the wide (photographic) field of our newly published books? Books that contain portraits with an almost classical feel, slightly nostalgic cityscapes, only rudimentarily romantic landscapes, and more or less rigorous analytical pictorial documentations — not too broad a field, we think. The terms could just as well describe the daily challenges in our publishing house (or possibly everywhere?), when we vacillate between enthusiasm for ideas, projects, and mundane organizational matters, when we have to decide what to do and what not to do and in which order or if at all…
Preview Hartmann Books Spring 2022
If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the past few years, it’s that everything is interconnected on this small planet, especially in the world of photo books. Daily proof of that insight is provided by orders from all over the world, which in recent years have become more numerous and global. Our books have gradually reached every continent, made possible by DHL – not necessarily cheap but reasonably reliable. Books and special editions now make their way from our warehouse to Australia (many), Chile, Japan, Korea, Canada, California (many), New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, Thailand, and everywhere in Europe … and recently even (nearly) to Swaziland, until it turned out that Geneva is in Switzerland after all. Every once in a while someone actually visits us »for real« to have a look at the current (Ulrich Wüst) exhibition and buy a book or two. When that happens, the courtyard behind our office in Stuttgart seems less gloomy, even in winter. Suddenly we have the feeling that we are a small part of a worldwide community, giving our life some meaning!
Preview Hartmann Books Fall 2021
Over the course of the past months, we only moved back and forth between our office and garden at home. Traveling? That was out of the question!
Much like gardeners, publishers need patience. Books and plants grow slowly. Some things flourish quickly, some slowly, and some things don’t work out at all. Investments of diligence, passion, and persistence are needed so that there is a rich harvest in the fall. It was this spring that we realised that books have similar periods of gestation as do plants in a garden. However, as long as they are available (which in our case means many years) they are trusty companions of those who own them, whether it’s artists or people who buy them. In this spirit we hope that all finished and still ripening books will enjoy just the right amount of proper location, sunshine, and rain.
Preview Hartmann Books Spring 2021
Is there anybody out there?
Our more or less organized desks are symbols of the past year: this is where we have been forced to spend most of our time—and apart from ourselves and the people who deliver packages, it was quite unusual for us to meet any real people. Just about all of our ideas, projects, and books result from personal encounters—which, as we all know, have been extremely infrequent over the past year. We would be happy to communicate to the virologists our desperate need to move about freely (speaking for everyone in the cultural sector) so that our thoughts (and books) can again have free rein, even though the statistics and figures are hardly … yes, we know. Have a look at the cover of this brochure, where we have tried to subjectively balance out the number of incidences, turnover rates, sales figures, personal motivation, and wine consumption.