Review: Ramstein & Aregui’s “Before After”

ramstein, aregui Before After

This is a whimsical, beautiful book, not quite like any other I’ve seen. An entirely pictorial work, printed in full colour with a gorgeous palette, each spread of pages represents a before/after moment of life — egg/chicken, chicken/egg, squid/ink, pigeon/quill, plume/typewriter… Some of the spreads come in short sequences; some are wryly humorous, others a little dark. A few samples for you to enjoy…

ramstein, aregui Before After spread 5

ramstein, aregui before after spread 3

ramstein, aregui before after spread 4

ramstein, aregui Before After spread 6

I’ve looked through this lovely book a few times and, however the pages fall, I keep finding new details and new enjoyment. A gorgeous hardback gift book, at a surprisingly low price.

Before After — Anne-Margot Ramstein & Mathias Aregui — HB — Walker Books — $27.95

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