The Living Mountain

24 x 29 centimeter / 48 pages / greyback paper + 16 pp on IBO (Japanese bound, black inside) / 5 colours + varnish / cahier / EN / Design: Hans Gremmen / Isbn 978-94-90119-88-1 / 2020

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Distributor NL: Idea Books

‘Regardless of how personal the starting point of my work may be, in the end I hope my images touch the strings of a universal knowledge, something lodged in our bodies, our guts, an intuition that reminds us of where we came from ages ago. A memory of our core existence, our bedrock, unyielding certainty in a very precarious world’. Awoiska van der Molen.

This is the third publication in which Awoiska probes deeply into the essence of the remote unspoiled natural worlds where her images are created. The book is published alongside the music composition ‘The Living Mountain’ written by Thomas Larcher as composer-in-residence at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam (2019-2020). The music piece draws inspiration from photographs that Awoiska made for Larcher in the mountains of his native Tirol (Austria). The monochrome landscapes are combined with reproductions of Larcher’s scores and remnants. The title for both the composition and this book is taken from Nan Shepherd’s book of poetic prose on the Scottish Cairngorms mountains that she wrote in 1942 and which was first published in 1977.

Due to Covid-19 the world premiere of the concert ‘The Living Mountain’ at The Concertgebouw April 2nd could not take place and is postponed to 2021. Please stay tuned for new concert dates in Amsterdam, London and Innsbruck where the screened images and music will merge. The composition will be performed by Asko|Schönberg: one of the leading ensembles for new music. Words by Nan Shephard from her book The Living Mountain will be brought by the dazzling French-Cypriot soprano Sarah Aristidou.


Collector Daily  Loring Knoblauch
Conscientious  Jörg Colberg
Photobookstore Magazine  Rodrigo Orrantia
Punctum Magazine  Mathias Gjesdal Hammer



24 x 29 cm / 36 pages / tritone / canvas cover / EN / Text by Arjen Mulder / Design: Hans Gremmen / Isbn 978-94-90119-48-5 / 2017
1500 copies - Sold out
Fw:Books publishers
Vimeo Blanco

“Spending long periods of time in solitude in remote landscapes, Awoiska van der Molen slowly uncovers the identity of the place, allowing it to impress upon her its specific emotional and physical qualities. Using her personal experience within the landscape for her creative process, she instinctively searches for a state of being in which the boundary between herself and her surroundings blur”. —  Anna Dannemann, The Photographers’ Gallery | Deutsche Borse Photography Foundation Prize 2017. ‘Blanco’ is Awoiska’s second publication, following the much celebrated ‘Sequester‘.


24 x 29 cm / 80 pages / duotone (partly printed on black paper) / hardcover / Design: Hans Gremmen / Isbn 978-94-90119-29-4 /  2014
1st  edition   750 copies - Sold out
2nd edition 2000 copies - Sold out
Fw:Books publishers
Vimeo Sequester

Photography exists by the virtue of light, but the landscapes in Awoiska van der Molen’s photographs loom out of the darkness. Her monochrome photographic works arise out of a desire to penetrate deeply into the core of the isolated world in which she photographs. Awoiska van der Molen is known for her monochrome landscapes. She stands out as someone who remains rooted in the riches of analogue photography and printing. She plays out these roots in an extreme manner by creating monumental pieces that combine intentionality in choice of subject and photographic craftsmanship.

Sequester was shortlisted for the Paris Photo – Aperture First Photobook Awards, Nov. 2014
Sequester was awarded the silver medal in the competition Best Book Design from all over the World’ in Leipzig, March 2015


Conscientious Photo Magazine Jörg Colberg
The Guardian  Sean O’Hagan
The Great Leap Sideways  Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa
Photobookstore Magazine Rodrigo Orrantia


Best Books lists:
Paris Photo Aperture First Photobook Awards  / The Guardian: ‘ Sequester Best Photobook of 2014’  / De Volkskrant: The 15 Best Dutch Photobooks 2014 / Best of 2014 by British Journal of Photography / Photobook of the Year, Claxton Projects / Photo-eye’s Best Books of 2014 Best Photobooks 2014 by Jörg Colberg / Best of 2014 by Photobookstore Magazine / Vogue Italia 2014 PhotoBooks / The Best Dutch Book Designs 2014 / Silver Medal ‘Best Book Design from all over the World’ / Best of the Year Kassel Fotobookfestival / The greatest Photobooks Of All Time