Dutch photo book Design is fine | talk at SYNTHESIS

Dutch photobook Design is fine | talk at Synthesis Gallery . . . 03 October (Monday) 17:00 – 21:00 2022 |
Henk Groenendijk initiator of Test Press Books[2] gives an informal talk and presents a selection of contemporary Dutch photobooks at the exhibition space of Gallery Synthesis.
Publications of renowned publisher Van Zoetendaal provide insight into a sophisticated design process while the other books create a contrast between classic design and current design experiments.
But most and foremost all fantastic, ephemeral, energetic, inquisitive, voyeuristic or plainly high-level photography. Do not miss it!


A New Pop-Up Book Event. . . 20*-30 October 2022 |
at: KO-OP | Yanko Sakazov bul. 17, Sofia . . . . . . . . . .
Test Press Books is an exhibition & book-sales of independent publications.
The exhibition presents: an unique poster wall by OPS Type and installation & book presentation by artist Uta Eisenreich on her latest publication ‘AS IF’.
A wide spectrum of other publications will be available in small numbers to create insight in the scope of independent books.
Special focus will be on art theory & practice, education and city-culture & architectural planning through editions by publisher Valiz [NL]
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RADICAL PLAY |poster show

12*-19.05.2022 | at: Espace PORT A, Sofia . . . . part of FIG.2 Festival and the European Art Night Sofia
With RADICAL PLAY |poster show we presented a selection of radical posters from the collection of Henk Groenendijk [NL].
Snatched from the walls of Rietveld Academie Amsterdam and collected over the years they represent a dynamic and playful design attitude of student in the bachelor and master programs.

Pop-Up Books at KO-OP

Test Press | Pop-Up Books 1 . . . 23*-28 Nov. 2021 |
at: KO-OP | Yanko Sakazov bul. 17, Sofia . . . . . . . . . .
Test Press Pop-Up Books is an exhibition & booksale of independent publications. Special attention will be given to publications of Experimental Jetset [NL] and the books of Snejanka Mihaylova [BG].
A wide spectrum of other publications will be available in small numbers to create insight in the scope of independent books. Most of them are highly contemporary and contain an element of manifest- and critical research.

Photobooks at Synthesis

November 18th 2021, Test Press organized an informal talk at the exhibition space of Synthesis.
Henk Groenendijk talked shortly about the selection of contemporary photo-books that he brought with him. Some unique books were on the table for viewing. All photo-books were ‘independent’ publications initiated by photographers or designers as authors in close cooperation.
Intrigued about the free and experimental nature of the books, a lot of questions focused on the obvious collaborative working method of presented photographers and designers. Answers pointed to education which played a crucial role in the establishment of that collaboration.
Henk also shed some light on books that he brought and donated to the library of Synthesis among which an original copy of the catalogue of the Famous exhibition ‘The Family of Man’

Test Press • PUNKT

Oktober 14th 2021, was a rainy day when we arrived at PUNKT an independent design studio based in Plovdiv. The word was out about the upcoming Test Press Book Event and eager to find out what it was all about, they invited us to give a books preview presentation. Everybody gathered in their cozy studio… Continue reading Test Press • PUNKT

Test Press in Sofia 2020

In November 2020, TEST PRESS came to Sofia. The exhibition Test Press 20 Years of Student publications 1999 – 2019 was made possible by Goethe Institute and as part of Melba Design Festival. Many people including a lot of students braved the covid restrictions to visit the show to enjoy and debated the phenomena of… Continue reading Test Press in Sofia 2020