Bijlmer Bajes - 1978 R.I.P. 2020 - gevangen in beeld
Every time photographer Robbert-Jan de Witte passed by Bijlmer Bajes prison his curiosity was aroused. A few years ago, in the run-up to the Bijlmer Bajes demolition, he was asked to do a photo series. No photographs had been taken inside the building before because of the privacy of the prisoners and guards. But now that the building was empty, he had the opportunity to immortalise a vanishing piece of heritage. There are no people in the photos, but through the traces prisoners and wardens have left in the building, you feel their presence. The photos give you food for thought about what it was like in Bijlmer Bajes. At the same time, the design of the building and its dilapidated state conceal an enormous beauty. The Bijlmer Bajes no longer exists. All that is left are Robbert-Jan’s photos. ‘Bijlmer Bajes R.I.P.' is a documentary photo report of a concept that is etched in the memory not only of all Amsterdammers, but all Dutch people.
title Bijlmer Bajes - 1978 R.I.P. 2020 - gevangen in beeld
client Komma, No Ordinary Publisher
publisher Komma, No Ordinary Publisher
author Robbert-Jan de Witte
photography Robbert-Jan de Witte
text Dick van Teunenbroek
book design Wout de Vringer
font Grotesque MT, Champion HTF
size 225 x 345 mm
pages 192 double pages
printing full colour offset + PMS Metallic Silver
cover flatbook; full colour offset with shiny silver foil stamp
printer Wilco Art Books
published 2021
isbn 978-90-831035-5-6