A Year of Corn
A Year of Corn
A Year of Corn
A Year of Corn
A Year of Corn
A Year of Corn
A Year of Corn

A Year of Corn

The Hennegan Company, Florence, Kentucky, 2005

Description

In the summer of 2005, Gregory Thorp, whose photographs appear in A Year of Corn, called the Hennegan Company to see if we would like to see some photography on the subject of corn.

Admittedly, we were a little skeptical that a body of work about corn would be very fascinating. Within minutes of our meeting, viewing some photos and listening to Gregory talk of his obsession, we caught the corn bug. The photos were beautiful and contained so much of the progression of life through the seasons, from germination to summer growth, autumn’s colors and winter’s icy finale. Here was, according to Gregory, biology and poetry, diversity and ecology.

We needed a designer. Deanna Kuhlmann of Kuhlmann Leavitt was our first call. Deanna’s firm worked closely with Gregory and created a beautiful design. We were moved through the seasons and shown the variation and beauty of one of the earth’s great resources. Deanna also took Gregory’s words and wove them into the book.

A Year of Corn is a perfect example of a cooperative venture between photographer, designer, printer and paper company. We all agreed to let the photographer’s art carry the book and to have self-promotion take a backseat. We all reaped the benefits of this strategy.

Juror Notes

Does exactly what it sets out to do. Simple and beautiful.

Collections: 50 Books/50 Covers of 2005
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book

Credits

Design firm
The Hennegan Company
Art director/creative director
Deanna Kuhlmann-Leavitt
Designer
Tom Twellman, Jr.
Photographer
Gregory Thorp
Author
Gregory Thorp
Editor
Gregory Thorp
Trim size
8 x 4 inches
Pages
116 pages of text, plus 8-page flush gate cover
Quantity printed
13,250
Printer/binder
The Hennegan Company
Paper
Smart Papers: 100 lb. Synergy Natural text; 100 lb. Pegasus Fidelity text; 80 lb. Carnival Coco Vellum cover
Binding method
Perfect
Publisher/client
The Hennegan Company
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