When You Travel in Iceland You See a Lot of Water
A Travel Book
Here artists Roman Signer and Tumi Magnússon reflect on life, travel, and the production of art.
- Out of Print
2nd edition, 2011
Text English and German
64 pages, 33 colour illustrations
15 x 21 cm
Iceland’s remote location and unforgiving climate may seem like insurmountable obstacles for visitors. But for a certain strain of traveler—awed by the rough landscape, the shooting geysers, and the volcanic craters—the first visit to Iceland is just the start of a long love affair with the island nation. Swiss artist Roman Signer (*1938) is just that sort of traveler. Signer has been traveling to the “land of fire and ice” for years, drawing inspiration from the terrain for a number of his photographic and video projects.
When You Travel in Iceland You See a Lot of Water is Signer’s love letter to Iceland’s harsh charms. Created in conjunction with Icelandic artist Tumi Magnússon (*1957), his close friend and frequent traveling companion, the book mixes personal snapshots with anecdotes, reminiscences, and humorous observations about travel, the natural world, the differences between Switzerland and Iceland, and—as with any conversation between artists—the difficulties of making art, no matter where one calls home. When You Travel in Iceland You See a Lot of Water is thus a travel book unlike any other, one whose authors simultaneously invite you along on a journey and extend a hand in friendship.
The book received an award from the Stiftung Buchkunst in the 2010 competition Most Beautiful Books from Germany.
Designed by Michael Bodenmann.
«A precious travel companion that neatly conveys a sense of the magic held within this unique country.» Sarah Cotterll, HotShoe International