Concept, Layout and Book Design
This project was a collaboration with Julie Patard who wrote the essays and Szymon Paśkowho made the diagrams.
The core concept of this book revolves around the question of why some photos were bought and others were not. Yuri Kozyrev’s “Dispatch from Libya” series was chosen because it contains the most downloaded image in NOOR’s archive. Several themes are explored throughout the book. The relationship between those photos which have been bought and those that have not, the content of the photos (especially those which were bought multiple times), the comparison between two or three visually similar images, and finally a close look at the most popular image KOY079SE0247.
While the series was originally commissioned by TIME Magazine, they did not use all of the photographs that Yuri took. Those that were not used by TIME found themselves in the NOOR Image archive.
Of the 364 images in the series only 98 have been downloaded at least once. Where they were used after being downloaded is not known. NOOR licenses the photos to multiple media outlets including those in the digital realm. Finally, presenting all of the photos at once introduces the audience to the question of, “Why this photo and not that one?