The book Nuotraukos dokumentams / Photographs for Documents contains 40 double-portraits taken by Vytautas V. Stanionis (1917–1966) in Seirijai, a small town in southern Lithuania and commissioned by the Soviet authorities in 1946. Usually two unrelated individuals were portrayed in each photograph due to shortage of materials in postwar Lithuania; portraits that were later separated. The images were found years later by Vytautas’s son, also called Vytautas, who was exploring his father’s archive.
Berlin based book designer Tom Mrazauskas created this beautiful publication, crafted with special attention to detail. He chose Soleil, by Wolfgang Homola, as the main typeface and Pitch, by Kris Sowersby. Every image was visually cut into half by folding the pages, avoiding repetition. The duo-tone plates were printed on thin uncoated stock. Published by Kaunas Photography Gallery in 2013 the book has received several awards.
The designer Tom Mrazauskas told us how Soleil was the perfect fit for this book. His starting point was a “geometric typeface, used all over the Soviet Union, mostly for setting text in magazines, but he wanted to have a modern version”. Mrazauskas also pointed to the parallels between the cold approach of the passport photographs and the pure geometrical forms of the typeface; and how at the same time there is a personal character in the photographs and a humanistic touch in Soleil. “Everything worked together”.