martijn berk / photographer & filmmaker

Falling from a height  

"The flood of individual images rises and falls like a feverish patient’s temperature curve, while the skillful use of lighting gives even greater poignancy to this mournful melody" - Christoph Tannert

"and that’s great design: It’s simple and obvious, and only very few people can do it well" - Jörg Colberg

"A very thoughtful and lovely production in every detail [...] and not to forget, great black and white photos" Josef Chladek

Falling from a height tells the story of my obsession for a 20-year-old boy. At first sight, the project might seem to be just a personal document, but at a second glance the project also raises questions that could be applicable to everyone: How far do you go in the quest for intimacy, how do you deal with the primal forces that are awakened? And just how does the power play work between two people? 

The book is designed by Sybren Kuiper and it contains more than 4000 photos: all photos that were shot during the obsession are included in the book as contact sheet. This makes it a book where you will discover new things in every time you read it. Apart from the contact sheets, the book contains 50 large photos and one photo as a spread. The text fragments that were selected by Oscar van den Boogaard from his own books, give the story an extra dimension. Christoph Tannert wrote an essay on the theme.  The book is printed on two types of high quality paper, a matte, thick paper for the contact sheets and a thinner, semi-lustre paper for the larger photos. The book is beautifully bound with red yarn. The size of the book is 24x34cm. Edition of 500.



Price €40,- signed, +€1,95 shipping (NL). (+€9,60 for Europe, +€10 for World)

The book is also for sale at fine bookstores worldwide: Atheneaum Amsterdam, FOAM Amsterdam, PhotoQ Bookshop Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam,, Photo Book Corner Lisbon, 25books Berlin, Photo-eye Santa Fe, MoMA New York - and more.

In The Netherlands the book can be ordered at all bookstores via 'Centraal Boekhuis'. And it is for sale at most online bookstores in The Netherlands (, etc) and

Distribution for bookstores: please contact IDEA Books

ISBN: 978-90-820680-0-9



An exclusive edition of 15 was issued at the booklaunch. More information here


Falling from a height - Martijn Berk

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