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Werner Mansholt : Odd Tales


At the very second you are reading this thousands of globetrotters take pictures of crowded megalopolises and tiny god-forsaken places, which they have been brought to by their curiosity and constant thirst for adventure.

And it is because of this that we live in an age when pretty much everything ordinary life, bucolic landscapes and urban scenery, people – is intentionally or unintentionally documented and thus preserved for the future. Travel photography is probably the only truly accessible mode of preservation in a fast-changing world. In this light Werner’s photographs both fit into and stand out of the travelogue genre. They represent a great variety of places from all over the world, showcasing life in all its manifestations. At the same time, it is always the photographer who sees the unseen, who notices the particular in the ordinary. He captures moments and threads them together, creating a unique constellation that will never recur.

Werner’s mastery captures the life and habits of people in India, Georgia, Italy, Iraq, and Germany, thus presenting a unique perspective on the world and its inhabitants. What is this if not a preservation exercise?


Werner Mansholt (b.1949) is a photographer based in Darmstadt, Germany. He attended workshops with Anders Petersen, Lorenzo Castore, Arno R. Minkkinen, Anja Niedringhaus, Simon Norfolk. He has exhibited internationally in Germany, Finland, Georgia, Poland, Australia, USA, Italy, Spain. Among the awards are Top 100 Streetphotography LensCulture 2016, Shortlist Athens Photofestival 2012 and 2015, Finalist Kaunas Photo 2015 and 2016, Finalist Lodz Fotofestival 2015, Finalist Fotofestival Schömberg 2013, 2015 and 2017, Finalist Tbilisi Kolga-Festival 2012,  2017 and 2018, Finalist Trieste Fotofestival, Honorable Mention Photofestival London 2016, Finalist Barcelona StreetPhoto 2018.

89books is an independent publishing house based in Palermo, Sicily. Established in 2018 by photographer Mauro D’Agati, it specialises in photo-books and artist books. 89books is committed to the discovery and experimental publication of limited edition photo-books of different forms and contents.  Some of the books will be presented in a first edition of 89 copies, except for artist books that could be produced as a collector’s piece or publications printed in offset.

By combining the expertise of the team and its network of collaborators, which feature local printers, binders and artisans, 89books aims to assist and promote the production of artists who use photography as their main medium and strive to compile a unique publication.

89books draws its inspiration from travels, accidental encounters and thought-provoking dialogs with peers and is largerly driven by contingency, curiosity and passion.


FOLIO/Werner Mansholt – Odd Tales

Book design by 89books

32 pages
21 x 28 cm
18 color photographs
Stapled brochure in a printed envelope

Digital print




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