Publication of photobook Planktonium

One year after the release of the short film, I am very happy to announce the release of my photobook Planktonium, beautifully published by Terra Lannoo Publishers.

Planktonium is a photo and short-film project by Dutch artist Jan van IJken about the unseen world of living microscopic plankton. These extraordinary, very diverse and numerous organisms are unknown to most of us because they are invisible to the naked eye. However, they are wandering beneath the surface of all waters around us, and are essential for our very existence.

Van IJken, an award-winning film-maker and photographer, captured images of the plankton through his microscopes, revealing the exceptional beauty and delicate structures of the minute organisms in the finest detail. In this book, he takes you on a voyage into a secret universe, inhabited by alien-like creatures.

In the book, 95 photos are published, some of which is new footage. Will Ridgeon (BBC producer and director of Blue Planet II) wrote the introduction. Marianne Wootton (senior plankton analyst in the UK) wrote an essay about the importance of plankton for all life on earth and Pauline Terreehorst (author and film critic) wrote an essay about the intersection of art and science. In an interview, Jan explains how he captured the tiny creatures.

Publisher: Terra, EAN: 9789089899293
Product details: Hardback, 192 pages, 308x250mm
Price € 49,99 excluding cost of shipment

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