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80 pages, paperback, 17 x 17 cm, with essay (NL/EN) by Wouter Welling
and interviews (NL/EN) with reptile handler Ferry Torrez and two of Kraijers models.
Design: Berry van Gerwen
Exhibition catalogue of
Juul Kraijers solo exhibition S in De Ketelfactory, Schiedam, Netherlands, 6 March - 2 May 2021.
Published by De Ketelfactory, 2021
sold out

Juul Kraijer -ZWEIHEIT
112 pages, paperback, 23.2 x 26 cm, 60 reproductions (full colour and black & white), long interview with Juul Kraijer (DE/EN) by curator Ina Fuchs.
Exhibition catalogue of Juul Kraijer - ZWEIHEIT in Museum Sinclair-Haus, Bad Homburg, Germany, 1 March - 2 August 2020.
Hirmer Verlag/Museum Sinclair-Haus, 2020
Euro 24,95
available on, through your local bookstore and on internet


Juul Kraijer -werken 2009 - 2015
88 pages, paperback, 23 x 30,5 cm, 51 reproductions (full colour and black & white), with essays (NL/EN) by Roger Malbert and Ernst van Alphen.
Design: Tessa van der Waals, lithography & printing: Robstolk, Amsterdam
Wbooks/Drents Museum, 2015
ISBN-10: 9462580855 / ISBN-13: 9789462580855
Euro 24,95
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ENUMBRAE 40 photographs made between 2011 - 2014
64 pages, hardcover, 24 x 32 cm, 40 reproductions (black & white and full colour), 2014
Design: Tessa van der Waals, lithography & printing: Robstolk, Amsterdam
Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg/Berlin;
Euro 29,90 excl. p&p
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Juul Kraijer
176 pages, hardcover, 24,5 x 2 x 29,4 cm, 113 full colour reproductions.
Essays (NL/ EN) by Véronique Baar and Wilma Sütö
Published by Freem Foundation, 2009
ISBN: 9789079148028
Euro 35,-cexcl. p&p
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still available, the very last copies:

Juul Kraijer -

76 pages, hard cover, 23,5 x 30,5 cm, 39 reproductions (full colour and black & white), with a text by the artist, 2004.
Design: Tessa van der Waals
Euro 30,-cexcl. p&p
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Juul Kraijer
36 pages, softcover (cahier), 34,5 x 24 cm, 28 b&w reproductions.
Text (NL/ EN) by Juul Kraijer
Design: Flink Ontwerpers. Cover designed and typeset by Helicon-Pers.

Self published, 1998

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Histoire de la souplesse extrême en Occident, XIe - XXIe siècles

Ariane Martinez

Cet ouvrage retrace l’évolution de la contorsion du XIXe au XXIe siècle avec une optique anthropologique. Cet art sensible n’a pas toujours été une pratique féminine et érotisée : il s’inscrit dans une histoire plus large du corps et de sa perception. En présentant des images et documents d’archives aussi bien que des témoignages d’artistes contemporaines – dont le nom et la parole sont encore à faire entendre –, Ariane Martinez retrace les mutations du regard porté sur les corps et la practique de la souplesse.

271 pages, 23 x 16 cm, publié par la Société d’histoire du théâtre, Paris, 2021


Photographs that make you think
Henry Carroll

An innovative and insightful look at our relationship with animals in the age of the Anthropocene from bestselling author Henry Carroll with original images from an innovative array of contemporary photographers
See through the eyes of a new generation of photographers responding to the rapidly unfolding issues shaping our lives. In this series of small, revealing, and beautifully presented books, Henry Carroll, the bestselling photography writer of the last decade, considers the ideas behind images to present personal perspectives on climate change, race, sexuality, gender, faith, inequality, beauty, power, and the natural world. In this second book of the series, ANIMALS, Carroll deep-dives into an ecosystem of contemporary images to consider how we relate to animals in the Anthropocene. His accessible analysis of emotive imagery suggests that our appreciation for some animals and disregard, or repulsion, for others is shaped by our own physicality as much as theirs. He shows how the conventions of natural history offer a very politicized understanding of fauna and how the role of animals as spiritual, cultural, and personal symbols can be an equally valid means of classification.
Carroll reflects on the psychological power struggles infusing our daily interactions with animals and unpacks the photographers’ visual insights relating to our treatment of animals, whether it’s the way we pamper them as pets or consume them to excess. In this diverse collection of arresting images and engaging text, Carroll regards the photographers as modern-day philosophers, original thinkers who show us how to fuse technique, concept, and imagination in order to pose intriguing questions about the animal kingdom and human nature. For both the creators and consumers of images, this timely book contains a treasure trove of meaningful visual reflections that will prompt you to rethink your relationship with animals both domestic and wild.

144 pages, 55 color and black-and-white photographs, published by Abrams Image, 2021

Narratives in Contemporary Art
Five Essays
Lóránd Hegyi
SylvanaEditoriale, 2019


The Photography Book
Nathalie Herschdorfer

Capturing the complex and often paradoxical relationship we have with our bodies - from fantasy to reality and curiosity to obsession - Body is a timely hommage to, and introspection of, the human form as it sits in our current culture.
360 color illustrations

The landmark photographic survey of the human body at a moment when body image and body politics are being redefined. Available in:
French (Mercator Fund)
English (Thames & Hudson)
Italian (Einaudi)




La fotografía y sus contrafácticos 
Ernst van Alphen

266 pages, published by CENDEAC, 2022

El fracaso de la imagen trata de entender la fotografía a partir de sus diferencias respecto a la realidad que representa, analizando las diferentes maneras en las que la fotografía transforma aquello que se encuentra ante el objetivo. La fotografía no solo está determinada por sus características técnicas, sino también por sus métodos convencionales. Este método se puede identificar en lo que actualmente se llama "instantánea". Pero el medio fotográfico permite una diversidad de prácticas y dar lugar, por lo tanto, a una variedad de imágenes fotográficas. Para ver esto, tenemos que evaluar una variedad de imágenes y prácticas fotográficas que se escapan a los límites del método dominante. En este libro la imagen fotográfica se analiza a través de una serie de prácticas que rechazan el método dominante, a saber: la fotografía escenificado, la fotografía borrosa, la fotografías sub y sobreexpuesta y la fotografía de archivo.
Con obras de Arturo Bragaglia, William Henry Fox Talbot, Juul Kraijer, Awoiska van der Molen, Thomas Ruf, Francesca Woodman entre otros.

Photography and its Counter-Practices
Ernst van Alphen

Failed Images attempts to understand the divergence between photography and the reality it portrays, analysing the various ways the photograph transforms that which exists in front of the camera. Photography is not only determined by technical features, but also by a conventional approach to it. This approach can be recognized in what is now called a 'snapshot'. But he photographic medium enables also very different practices and as a result very differnt kinds of photographic images. To see this, one needs to look at the diversity of photographic images and practices outside the dominant approach. Using close readings of the work of amongst others Cindy Sherman, Thomas Ruf, Dirk Braeckman, Juul Kraijer and Awoiska van der Molen, this book explores the photographic image by focusing on photographic practices refusing the dominant approach to the medium, namely staged photography, blurred photography, under- and overexposed photography and archival photography.

Ernst van Alphen is professor of Literary Studies at Leiden University (NL). Previously he was Queen Beatrix Professor of Dutch Studies and Professor of Rhetoric at UC Berkeley. He has published not only on literature, but also many books on art and photography.
Specifications - 17 x 23 cm, 286 pages. ill. bw. Language: English.
Published by Valiz, 2018, in the Vis-a-Vis Series.

Exhibition catalogue of the exhibition 'Intrigantes Incertitudes', curated by Lóránd Hegyi.
Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, Saint-Etienne, France, 2016.

The Human Figure in Contemporary Art
Roger Malbert


Roger Malbert is Senior Curator, Hayward Touring at the Hayward Gallery, London, and has now released the book 'Drawing People'. 
The book is a thoughtful and beautifully illustrated survey of the most compelling and inventive drawings of the human form being produced today.
An introduction places the medium of drawing in its historical context, discussing its intersection with photography, painting, collage and illustration.
Chapters on Body, Self, Personal Lives, Social Reality and Fictions include short introductions outlining each theme, followed by commentaries on
individual artists exploring their style, ideas and techniques, accompanied by finely reproduced images of their recent work.
Specifications - 34 x 24 cm. Flexibound. 256 pages. 318 Illustrations, 246 in colour. Language: English.
Thames and Hudson, UK, 2015


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P.F. Thomése
De onderwaterzwemmer
& Schaduwkind
Uitgeverij Atlas Contact, 2015
On both covers a drawing by Juul Kraijer: Untitled, 2004, pastel and crayon on blue paper & Untitled, 2006-7, crayon on blue paper.
P.F. Thomése
Verzameld Nachtwerk

Uitgeverij Atlas Contact, 2016
On the cover a photograph by Juul Kraijer: Untitled, 2012.


persoonlijke essays over kunst
Gijsbert van der Wal
paperback, De Bezige Bij, Amsterdam, 2013

WALK THE LINE The Art of Drawing
Marc Valli & Ana Ibarra
Laurence King Publishing, 2013, UK
hardcover, 320 pages




Motív tela v slovenskej fotografii
Zuzana Lapitková

De keus van de kunstenaar
Dutch arthistory magazine Kunstschrift invited Juul Kraijer to write an article on artworks that inspired her practice.
She chose three sculptures: life-size stone female figures. A 10th/11th c. South Indian yogini, a 13th c. personification of the synagoge from the Bamberg cathedral and the 16th c. gisant of Anne de Bretagne from the Saint-Denis near Paris.

Multilingual Italian online magazine conceived in the spring of 2020 to offer a counterweight to corona. A platform for art and thought where artists and writers share what occupies them during lockdown and after. Issue #3 contains a contribution by Juul Kraijer.


Radio-interview met Juul Kraijer door Nicole Terborg 6 juni 2017. 10 min.

MUSEUM BOIJMANS VAN BEUNINGEN Collection website."Bij elke overstroming vrees ik voor mijn tekeningen"Interview by Irene Start, september 2016

GEO Wissen #57. Angst. May 2016, Germany

BLOW Photo #13. Surreal.
November 2015, Ireland

JUXTAPOZ. Drawings by Juul Kraijer.April 2015, U.S.A.

CANVAS.BEVrijdag Visdag 2 oktober 2015
De Bezoeking. De visjes van Juul Kraijer.
Myriam Verschaeren

sept/okt 2015
De Wandeling. De negensprong van Juul Kraijer. Het bos in ons.
Maria Barnas

Radio-interview met Juul Kraijer door Gijsbert van der Wal
26 mei 2015. 11 min.

De mysterieuze slangen van Juul Kraijer.
Ton Hendriks, 19 January 2015.

Unter Schlangen und Fliegen. Die Juul Kraijer-Ausstellung in Giessen.
7 January 2015

Interview met Juul Kraijer
door Sarah Spaans, 26 November 2014.

17 September 2014
Wapping Project
Bankside reopens in Mayfair.
Gemma Padley.

THE EVENING STANDARD 22 September 2014
Juul Kraijer, The Wapping Project
- exhibition review: 'extraordinary, unsettling and beautiful images'. Sue Steward.

THE GUARDIAN14 August 2014
My best shot.
Juul Kraijer's best photograph: a model with a python squeezing her head.
Interview by Karin Andreasson.

ZOOM MAGAZINE #113 The Future of Portrait.
Juul Kraijer.
Kate Freedman, 8 page feature, EN/IT. Summer 2014, Italy

VISUAL Archive (magazine)
Cover image + 2 page feature on photographs by Juul Kraijer.
April 2014, U.S.A.

De Slangen van Juul Kraijer
/ Juul Kraijer's Snakes. Door Marcel van der Voort.

#1 2014
Crossover. Kort interview met Juul Kraijer door
Etienne Boileau

8 page feature on photographs and drawings by Juul Kraijer.
December 2013, Korea 30

Modern Dutch Surreal Photography. Photographs by Juul Kraijer. Jim Casper, December 2013

IMA #6
Newwave in Photography Vol.1. Dutch Photo Scene. December 2013, Japan

Experimental Photography. The Rediscovery of the World. Ruby Beesley, August 2013, UK

NUMERO (China)
The Rediscovery of the World.
Autumn 2013