The Book of Lamentations

The Book of Lamentations

Drenttel Doyle Partners, New York, New York, 1996

Description

The Book of Lamentations documents a 1930s Mayan uprising in Mexico. It chronicles, at the same time, a boy’s life from his unlucky birth during an eclipse to his death by crucifixion. The lamentations are songs for the dead. By hand painting the title typography on a cloth and photographing it, we have taken the simple typographic cover and turned it into a shroud, evocative of the lyrical and mystical nature of the book. The typography is twice distorted—once because it’s painted by hand, and second, because the cloth hangs in space, reminiscent of sculpted or painted folds of cloth in art throughout the ages.

Collections: 50 Books/50 Covers of 1996
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book cover

Credits

Design firm
Drenttel Doyle Partners
Creative director
Stephen Doyle
Jacket designers
Stephen Doyle, Gary Tooth
Photographer
Stephen Doyle
Author
Rosario Castellanos
Typeface
Sabon
Printer
Coral Graphics
Publisher/client
Marsilio
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