THE FOURTH WALL
Self-published by Max Pinckers, 2012
Softcover, 195 x 273 mm, 192 pages,
Rotation offset on 45g newspaper
Edition of 1000
Printed by Dijkman Offset, The Netherlands
Design by Christof Nüssli
Werkplaats Typografie, Arnhem, The Netherlands
ArtEZ Institute of the Arts
Research and Production by Victoria Gonzalez-Figueras
"The sleeper book of the year is Max Pinckers' The Fourth Wall by this emerging young Belgian photographer. It is a very nice production, and this self-published book, on a charmingly cheap newsprint examines the idea of the Indian film world and the escapism of this, alongside a very good set of contemporary images. These two ideas are woven together with great skill and the book just seems to work very well."
– Martin Parr, Photo-eye Book of the Week, July 2013
"Documenting a fiction factory sounds interesting from the beginning but if you do it playing the game yourself it becomes for me the best book of this year. Very simple, modest and extremely well edited, the sequence drives you in and out of reality with beautiful images and a very smart use of the potential I personally see in photography. Max Pinckers nailed it in India."
– Cristina De Middel, Photo-eye's best books of 2013, December 2013
"What a strange and unexpected book. Everything about it seems perfect."
– John Gossage, Photo-eye's best books of 2013, December 2013
"What strikes me most in Max’s work is that he developed a new approach, something I haven’t seen before. He works within a documentary context yet leans towards staged photography, always expressing a form of theatricality. This grey area in between is where Max’s images find themselves."
– Dirk Braeckman, A Stamp of Approval, The Word Magazine, June 2012