PORTRAIT OF A RIVER
Documentation capturing numerous voices along the River Thames by the artist Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen.
Commissioned for the Estuary exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands, Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen’s Portrait of a River is an evocative study of the sometimes overlooked and strangely indeterminate landscape through which the Thames cuts its widening course on its journey out to sea.
Reflecting on changes in the adjoining landscape and drawing on stories from people connected to the river and based on the film of the same name it brings together photography and transcripts, alongside other material such as overheard conversations, radio broadcasts and sea shanties.
Part visual memento, part oral history, the book features three commissioned topographical essays that are scattered through the content of the book. Organised into an organic flow, the book’s design reflects the moving nature of a river, drawing attention to its parallel lives and tracing its natural ebb and flow.
The serif typeface in the book is a digitised version of The Doves Type, originally used by the notable Doves Press and digitally revived from salvaged cast lead letters when it was dumped into the Thames in 1909 in a dispute over its copyright between the press founders.
Published by Film and Video Umbrella
With artist Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen
Format: 148 × 215mm 128 pages