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Syntax – a Book of Ideas

A crusader for boldness? It is a dwarf compared to some big Taschen books or some over-proportioned newspapers that brand themselves as magazines. The exact dimensions are 14,5 cm by 19 cm and 2,5 cm thick, and it weighs ca. 750 grams. This 384 pages could be classified as a cross between a magazine and a soft-bound book. Created from the perspective of a filmmaker, a storyteller and a precise director, CS Leigh, well-known for his haute couture collections and his heyday as an independent art curator back in the 80s. His latest project is Syntax, a book of ideas, containing quality content such as lengthy essays to non-glamourous yet savvy fashion editorials. Leigh has offset-printed a body of work far away from everyday expectations and rules of the publishing market. Bold is how he should be described for using one male model for nearly the entire book; he is capable of engaging the most wanted but certainly not over-used contributors in the world of art, photography and fashion, yet it is not about the jingle-jangle of fashion, there is more to discover. The creative director combines different paper stocks in order to illuminate the book's melancholic images on a matt coated paper and uses a natural uncoated paper stock for an extended monochrome section in reflex blue, which is dedicated to short stories. A collector's pride this bookazine will be. Syntax is almost sold out and Syntax #3 is in preparation.

CS Leigh and Kimberly Lloyd in a conversation about the adventures of publishing and film making. Read it here.

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Complete List of Contributors

Guy Debord
Lebbeus Woods
Herbert Muschamp
Reinhard Mucha
Yves Saint Laurent
Ann Demeulemeester
Jeremy Blake
Andy Warhol
Otto Muehl
Jerome Bel
Ralph Rucci
Heidi Julavits
Lucas Ossendrijver
Jonathan Meese
Marina Abramavic
Joseph Beuys
Alexander Kluge
Nicola Ghesquiere
Kris van Assche
Zbigniew Rogalski
Rccardo Tisci
Neil Young
Joachim Hoge
Stefano Pilati
Rick Owens
Edoaurd Leve
Philippe Thomas
Guillaume Dustan
Haider Ackermann
Gataen Bernard
Jo Mitchell
Raf Simons
Jack Goldstein
Peter Doig
Jean-Luc Godard
Santtu Mustonen
Raf Simons
Dries van Noten
Alexander McQueen
Pieter Hugo
Pontus Frankenstein
Patrick Thalen
Frederic Malle
Christian Storm
Julian Hayr
Oliver Davis
Justin Bond
Ry Russo-Young
Stella Schnabel
Ashley Bickerton
Jocelyn Quivrin
Zoe Taylor
AJ Abualrub
Alberto Marani
Kacper Kasprzyk
Annie Liebovitz
David Berridge
Julie Talen
Justin Gabbard
Rosalind Nashashibi
Katsuya Kamo
Zeb Daemen
Harun Farocki
Rodney Graham
Meredyth Sparks
Abbas Kiarostami
Adrian Danks
Proenza Schouler
Andrew Yee
Azzedine Alai
Martine Sitbon
David Goodwillie
Nate Lowman
Alexis Mabille
Limi Feu
Sigmar Polke
Brillante Mendoza

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