by Markus Jakob, Balthasar Burkhard
In Balthasar Burkhard and Markus Jacob’s elegantly designed children’s book, 20 animals meet for a photographer’s beauty contest. The protagonist of the story is a shy donkey who watches the antics of the animals with wry humor as they pose for the photographer, parading their splendor. “’ Please stand here, in front of this backdrop, Baboon,’ said the artist … ‘Click,’ said the camera.”
First published in 1997, this beloved children’s book is now reprinted in a smaller format, on the occasion of Burkhard’s 2017–18 surveys at Museum Folkwang and Fotostiftung Schweiz.