Tony Cederteg, founder of LIBRARYMAN, talks about intense jazz, taking risks and designing a book about a butterfly man.



Part 01.




Club to Club, Landon Metz, Libraryman 2016


Morning ...
Emails


Noon ...  
Fruit, egg, yoghurt, granola, tea, orange juice and a cigarette


Night ...
Getting things done




West Street Studio, Landon Metz, Libraryman — 2014


Perfect happiness ...
A French balcony, intense jazz and a long table to make books


Preposterous ...

Stinginess


Fear ...

Captivity


Love ...

Insufficient



Club to Club, Landon Metz, Libraryman 2016


Extravagance ... 
Travels


Comedy ...
Fat Cat Can’t Scratch Itself

Work ...
Yes, M’am


Our time ...
Unfair


The future ...
Swedish immigrant in France.


The past ...
Foreigner in my own country.


Part 02.






Most interesting thing in your wallet ...
My gym card is quite rare


In another life, you'd be ...
Prettier, healthier and wealthier


Your lucky charm ...
Wish I had one



Martin Donovan, Simple Men — 1992 



Words to live by ...
“I can’t stand the quiet” - Martin Donovan in Simple Men (1992)


Prized possession ...
A handmade scarf from Dries Van Noten’s first collection, bought in a vintage store in Antwerp. Even got a discount because it was so old…


One wish ...
Equality


Your most marked characteristic ...
Pedant



Juliette Binoche in “Les Amants du Pont-Neuf” — Michelangelo Antonioni



A dream dinner party would be made up of who (dead or alive) ...
Ingrid Bergman, Rockets Redglare, Illeana Douglas, Michaelangelo Antonioni, Joni Mitchell, Sam Shepard, Juliette Binoche… and Miles Davis for entertainment.

 
Favorite shoes ...
Ankle boots with a zip closure 


Ann Demeulemeester — Inge Van Damme


Favorite store ...
Ann Demeulemeester, Leopold de Waelplaats, Antwerp


Favorite friend ...
Emilie and Tobias, impossible to put one before the other.


Favorite place ...
In Paris, among friends and wine



Dries Van Noten


Favorite color ...
Dries Van Noten women’s patterns




New Waves, Takashi Homma, Parco — 2007


Favorite book ...
New Waves by Takashi Homma (Parco, 2007)


Favorite website ...

IMDb 



Lausanne © Tony Cederteg


A favorite photo that you've taken ...
I took this photos with my Yashica T4 in a hotel room in Lausanne, Switzerland in 2009 one day prior to a week long workshop I was having at ECAL / École Cantonale D’Art de Lausanne. The picture really captures the weird feel to the room, its colors and the trip itself.



Amber Valetta © Glen Luchford


A favorite photo that someone else has taken...
At the moment I’m intrigued by this picture of Amber Valetta by Glen Luchford for Prada, 1997.


Part 03.





Dalen, Gerry Johansson, Libraryman — 2010


I read that you’ve been living and taking care of yourself since you were 16. Has that had an impact on your work. How so ...

I didn’t have a choice then and I don’t really have much of a choice now, to take full on risks without any backup — it is always oneself who can make things happen.




Sol & Luna, Viviane Sassen, Libraryman — 2009/ 2013 — West Street Studio, Landon Metz, Libraryman — 2014


Talk about Libraryman ...

Libraryman is a smaller publishing house I run solely for photo books, where I initiate all the projects myself as well as designing and distributing them.




Dogme No. 2, Libraryman — 2014


Talk about Dogme ...

Dogme Magazine is a biannual magazine focusing on subjects in film, published by Libraryman. We also publish a couple of fashion editorials in each issue which we tend to find inspiration for in films and cinematography. Each issue we interview various subjects from within the film world - actors, cinematographers, filmmakers - and make an effort to highlight their experiences in the film industry as transparently and honestly as possible. We’re very inspired by the filmmaking movement Dogme 95, which attempted to give power back to the creatives and remove certain commercial motives surrounding the mainstream film industry.



Tree Stone Water, Gerry Johansson, Libraryman — 2015


Tell me about Gerry Johansson. How did you meet ...

I contacted Gerry in 2009 with an opinion that his pictures were too small in all of his books. I wanted to make them bigger. We have made three books together since, all different from each other as well as his other editions… and with bigger pictures.


West Street Studio, Landon Metz, Libraryman — 2014


Talk about structure and immediacy. Why are they important to you ...

Lacking structure makes it difficult to keep a balanced sanity. Structure is not necessarily linked to cleanliness but if you have structure the rest is secondary and easier to forgive. I really have no idea if this is making any sense.



Pink Lemonade, Sayo Nagase, Libraryman — 2013


Describe a lucid portrait …

Depth, mortality, sensibility, weakness, humor, corporeality and sympathy.



 

Henry Fool — The Unbelievable Truth, Dir. Hal Hartley


Tell me about Hal Hartley …

Hal has been one of my favorites in American film since my early teens. I had a strong desire to make a book with him because it was something I personally was missing. I emailed him with an extremely specific idea on how the book had to be made, without any response from him.

A few months later, still without response, I came home from a tipsy evening and just had enough. With great profanity Hal received an email from me that evening basically saying ‘who the f’*** do you think you are passing on such a great opportunity as this’, etc. Within an hour I got a reply saying “Ok, let’s do it”. For the release we had a book signing with Hal and a film screening of his feature debut The Unbelievable Truth in a bookshop in Stockholm. Hal signed my book with the words “For Tony, this is your book, pal!”…



Tony Cederteg © Jennilee Marigomen


Describe a day in the life of Tony. How would it begin ? What would you do ? Where would you go ? What time would you be in bed ...

They’re never the same in terms of a routine, unless I have an intern coming in at a specific time. I usually start my day quite late with a large breakfast going through emails and smoking. Might even watch an episode or two of a TV series, or a whole film to get started.

The emails and my work schedule predict how my day will be, it might be a shoot, a deadline, something needs to be picked up, or absolutely nothing’s happening, but there always tends to be something because there’s always things to do. All kinds of music is on from various devices; phone, vinyl, computer, singing, thigh drumming. Bedtime varies between 1am to 7am, depending on the day.




A song for windows, Takashi Homma, Libraryman — 2016


Talk about future projects ...

I’m working quite a bit with Sweden-based menswear brand and retailer Très Bien and also their eyewear brand Sun Buddies. Very excited about the future development of that. In November there will be a 176-paged book out on a butterfly man, in Swedish, that I’ve designed. Quite a long project but such an incredible process to be a part of - and educational in a way. Libraryman will have some books coming out in the Winter/Spring by amazing artists such as Takashi Homma, among others.


Talk about a dream project ...

Creating something from scratch is such a pleasure and often a dream project; whether it’s a restaurant’s first menu, a fashion brand’s graphic profile and first campaign, a new book, an album cover, etc. It’s initial stage is beautiful in many ways, where there’s risk and also a great first energy.