In an increasingly digitalised world, many structures and behavioural patterns are changing almost daily. However, the biggest changes are still to come – how we live, how we work and how we spend our leisure time. When this “new age” began, the printed book was said to be a relic; it was even declared dead. In fact, new media have brought about a change in purchasing behaviour, and the number of copies sold has fallen sharply – especially in terms of art books. But after all the hype, with billions of images available to view on the Internet, we are now beginning to experience a revival in the appreciation of the value of printed books whose contents have been compiled with passion and great care.
In his lecture, Ralf Daab will use the example of concept books from the fields of architecture and design to show how well-made books are once again attracting attention and becoming ever more treasured. The question of whether the art book will ever give way to the digital world is one that is posed almost automatically.