How to Make a Book with Steidl – In this age of digital media, Gerhard Steidl stands as one of the few remaining publishers to maintain an unwavering commitment to the quality and craftsmanship of the printed book.

How to Make a Book with Steidl (2010)
Director: Jörg Adolph, Gereon Wetzel
Stars: Robert Adams, Robert Frank, Günter Grass
Genre: Documentary
Country: Germany
Language: English
Release Date: November 4, 2010 (Germany)
Filming Location: Göttingen, Lower Saxony, Germany

Who’s the man behind Robert Frank, Karl Lagerfeld and Günter Grass? Their publisher Gerhard Steidl.
Spend an exclusive year with the greatest publisher and printer of the 21st century and be part of the fragile processes when creativity is captured in a book. The art of publishing at its perfection.

„Steidl is an incredibly dedicated and confident craftsman and businessman. He knows exactly how to act and what to say with each of his clients and yet never sacrifices quality. He is also real petty at times and I lived for those moments.”
– written by „Kwoman” on

„I have seen this documentary three times and will no doubt watch it again. It was very difficult for me even to choose the number of stars to give it. One of the two previous reviews loved it and one said it was superficial. In a way I agree with both. Most of it has to do with Steidl going on various business trips to discuss current projects with photographers. The problem is that you don’t get to learn much in the process either about how to make a book with Steidl or about who the photographers are and why doing their books is important. It’s almost as if there are two unfinished documentaries going at once. And yet, and yet… Steidl’s passion and integrity come through sufficiently, and are sufficiently compelling, that I keep going back to take the trip. In these days when bottom-line ignoramuses, who probably don’t even read books, turn out truly squalid editions of works that deserve the utmost respect, I could not agree more with Steidl’s philosophy of the book, with the importance of its heft and smell and the feel of the pages and the quality of the images and the lettering. In fact, I wish it were a scratch-and-sniff documentary so that I’d get to share all the ink smells he keeps mentioning. So, yes, there are problems with the production–mostly that there isn’t enough of it. But if you love books, you will love it anyway, and you will certainly develop an affectionate respect for Mr. Steidl’s magnificent obsession.”
– written by „Kwoman” on

Also Known As (AKA):
(original title) How to Make a Book with Steidl
Finland Kustantaja kutsumuksesta
Finland Konsten att göra en bok(Swedish)
Germany How to Make a Book with Steidl
Japan 世界一美しい本を作る男 シュタイデルとの旅(Japanese)


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