Matilde Søes Rasmussen

Shortlisted for The Rencontres d’Arles Photo Text Book Award 2021. Out of print, last copies available from publisher’s stock!

Through photography and text, Danish artist Matilde Søes Rasmussen explores her time as a professional model in Asia. Having spent more than a decade in the industry, she now turns her attention to questioning its power structures, beauty ideals, and objectification. Unprofessional is a playful and crushing book that moves between documentary and fiction, performance and real life, wherein Rasmussen uses her own body to investigate how these structures impact her self-image and identity.

The book is a mix self-portraits alongside still lifes, landscapes, and photographs of friends and acquaintances. We see fruits cut in half, a naked back and the model sitting lost in a studio wearing a green fur and swim flippers. A kaleidoscope of colour and form envelops her as she shapeshifts through the pages: hair spiky then slicked; makeup natural then extreme; naked then exquisitely dressed. Short texts, almost like diary entries, punctuate the book, revealing Rasmussen’s first-hand experiences and reflections. Unprofessional is an attempt to find meaning in a career as a model, as an ever-changing character, and as something that is constantly being assessed, bought and admired.

Matilde Søes Rasmussen (born in 1990) is a Danish artist who primarily works with text, video and photography. She graduated from Fatamorgana – The Danish School of art Photography and Academy Valand in Gothenburg, where she holds a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art Photography. In addition, she has participated in the renowned Atelier Smedsby program in Paris with the artists JH Engström & Margot Wallard and in 2021 she received a one-year working grant from The Swedish Arts Council. Rasmussen lives and works in Gothenburg, Sweden and in Copenhagen, Denmark.

  • Screen printed hardcover with tip-in
  • ISBN 978-87-970520-8-2
  • 21 x 28 cm
  • 129 colour & 9 monochrome plates
  • 240 pages
  • Text by Matilde Søes Rasmussen
  • Edition of 600
  • Printed in Denmark by Narayana Press
  • Released 29 April 2021

A very limited amount of signed copies are available while stoks last here

Fotografisk Tidsskrift
PhMuseum’s Best Photobooks of 2021: Colin Pantall
Photobookstore, Photobooks of 2021: Myrto Steirou
Photo-Eye: Colin Pantall’s Favorite Book from 2021
Brad Feuerhelm / Nearest Truth
British Journal of Photography
Vogue Italia
Fisheye Magazine
Colin Pantall / PHmuseum
Les Rencontres d’Arles Photo-Text Book Award 2021

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