Friday, 2:00pm
1 January 2010

Small and perfectly formed

the picture department
Graphic design
Visual culture

Ken Garland takes another close look at the world around us

In recent years, graphic designer Ken Garland has devoted increasing amounts of his time to photography.

His exhibitions include the 2008 show ‘On Pollan Strand’, see inside covers of Eye 66) and his publications include small, digitally printed books such as A close look at pebbles (Pudkin Books, below).


Now we have three more: A close look at the tall windows of Mexico, A close look at Rickshas of Bangladesh and A close look at fire hydrants. These limited-edition volumes are available by mail order from Garland’s own Pudkin Books (details at the bottom) and nowhere else.


The pictures come from Garland’s travels, but they are selected not as travelogues, but as visual arguments. Each sequence of images is accompanied by a clear, concise text and captions are brief.

Above: spread showing hydrants from Bridgman, Michigan (left) and Palm Springs, California.

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Above: Jerusalem, Israel.
Below: Lodz, Poland, 2001.

Ken Garland

Ken Garland

Above and below: Dhaka, Bangladesh, 1992

Ken Garland

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Above and top: Oaxaca, Mexico, 2003

Tall windows of Mexico

If you live in the UK, you can buy one of these books by sending a cheque for £10 (made payable to Ken and Wanda Garland), together with your address, to Pudkin Books, 71 Albert Square, London NW1 7LX. The price of each book is £8.50 plus £1.50 p&p. If you wish to order more than one, the p&p for additional copies is a further £1 each. The books can also be ordered online from the Pudkin bookshop.

Order soon while stocks (and cheques for that matter) still remain!

Eye is available from all good design bookshops and online at the Eye shop. For a taste of the magazine, try Eye before you buy.