ABENDSONNE - Misha de Ridder

Sometimes natural phenomena can become so estranged and mysterious, that we are inclined to describe them as unreal realities. It might be the extraordinary shape of a tree, a mountain, a shadow, a cloud or the mirroring reflection of nature in a lake, but it is foremost the unfamiliarity of the natural aesthetics of reality. The photos in this book literally refer to such an unfamiliar natural phenomenon, a mysterious phenomenon known as ‘Abendsonne’.

Publisher  Schaden.com, 2011
Design     Mevis & Van Deursen
ISBN        978-3-932187-88-9

Edition 500 / A limited SPECIAL EDITION with C-print (30 x 36 cm) is available here and at Galerie Juliètte Jongma & Foam Editions


SOLSTICE - Misha de Ridder

In the extraordinary light of the subarctic Norwegian north, getting close to the earth's very heart, is where Misha de Ridder made photographs and films. At this latitude, only sparse vegetation grows on the dark, craggy mountains. A sojourn in this landscape transforms the earth into a tactile planet: palpable, tangible. De Ridder investigates the expressive qualities of this polar landscape and light, but his work also addresses climatic and ecological extremes. The rugged landscape, the cold and the darkness - or conversely, the lack thereof - leave you dependent on your own resources. De Ridder confronts us with the fragility of human existence in relation to nature.

Publisher Native Publications, 2012



DUNE - Misha de Ridder

Somewhere in densely populated Holland exists a twilight zone where it is possible to travel in time: a small strip of dunes separating polder and sea, just a twenty minute drive from the city of Amsterdam. In this book, Misha de Ridder unveils natural scenes so estranged and mysterious that they could be described as unreal realities. Lushly presented in this limited-edition artist book, De Ridder's precise and highly detailed photographs call to mind Dutch landscape paintings of the 17th century and Romantic Era. In the barren and tormented nature of the dunes, it is light, color and atmosphere that salvage the memory of a wilderness lost.

Publisher  Lay Flat, 2011
Design      Lay Flat
ISBN         978-0-9842973-2-0


WILDERNESS - Misha de Ridder

In this book, lushly photographed flora isolated in nature alternates with enlarged details from the wilderness compositions that emphasize the four-color separation methods used in commercial printing. The detail pages encourage appreciation for the graphic qualities of the quiet views of undeveloped nature where tree bark ridges and layered flowering branches become organic patterns. The book's pages are perforated for easy removal as the included images can be assembled to create two wall sized installations, each 1644 x 2082 mm (64.5 x 82.1 inches).

Publisher  Artimo, Amsterdam, 2003
Design      Mevis & Van Deursen
ISBN         90 7538 075 5


SIGHTSEEING - Misha de Ridder

This book casts a unique perspective of Amsterdam in quietly subversive, full-page urban landscapes. Sign boards on a crowded street, fenced in flowers, Lego-land housing estates with red cars are joined by a short story by Dutch surrealist writer Edzard Mik.

Publisher  De Balie, Amsterdam, 2000
Design      Kummer & Herrman
ISBN         90 6617 247 9