Hagen VerlegerTypography & Book Design

Römer werden

Front cover on marbled paper
Half-title, set in Jenson Antiqua
Me as Marina Berti as Eunice in “Quo Vadis”
Four spreads with more Romans
A close-up of me/Marlon Brando in “Julius Caesar” (1953)
Typographic details
A spread of Barthes’ text “The Romans in Films”
A spread of Barthes’ text “The Romans in Films”
Four spreads with more Romans
A close-up of me/Richard Burton in “Cleopatra” (1963)
Last spread
Stack of books
A poster combining all the images from the book
Detail of the poster (upper half)
Detail of the poster (lower half)

On the occassion of reading Roland Barthes’ essay “The Romans in Films” (from his 1957 book “Mythologies”) and watching Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s film “Julius Caesar” (USA 1953) I tried to become a Roman (“ein Römer werden”) myself.

By digitally inserting parts of my facial features (eyes, brows, and nose) into film stills and lobby cards of several classical Roman-themed Hollywood films from the 1950s and –60s I slipped into different roles. The results are presented in a pamphlet reminiscent of a film still collector’s album.

12.5 × 19 cm, 28 pages (B/W laser printing, B/W photo prints), edition of 3, self-published.