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Issue No. 17 - Enigma

Wolfgang Tillmans for Penguin

Legendary photographer Wolfgang Tillmans has shot a series of photographs to feature on the covers of Penguin's new series "Philosophy in Transit" - a set of easily digestible, commute-length books of original philosophy. "[Tillmans] did a very short series of photographs back in 2000 featuring people on the Tube, and these photos just felt like a perfect fit for these books," said designer Matthew Young.

"The idea of commuting is used as a metaphor throughout the books to explain philosophical ideas and concepts, plus they're short A-format editions that are perfect for reading on your way to work, on the Tube perhaps … Tillman's photographs are really stylish, and feature quite close-up unusual crops. You can almost read whatever you want into them, and each reader will interpret the photographs differently ... they're the main focus, and the rest of the design is kept deliberately clean and minimal with a strong but balanced hierarchy that puts emphasis on the title and draws your eye to the subtitle, Philosophy in Transit."

 

The first four titles in the series are written by John D Caputo, Barry Dainton, Slavoj Zizek and Susan Nieman. These books will be available from September 2013 for £8.99 each.

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