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The Paper Time Machine

By Wolfgang Wild and Jordan Lloyd

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Imagine the past in colour? Now you don’t have to…

Publication date: October 2017
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About the book

Imagine the past in colour? Now you don’t have to…

The Paper Time Machine is a book that will change the way you think about the past.

The book will contain 130 historical photographs arranged chronologically, chosen and introduced by Wolfgang Wild, the creator and curator of the remarkable Retronaut website. That would be reason enough for a book – the site has become global phenomenon once it was launched in 2010, providing a stream of astonishing, sharable images that tear a hole in your map of time.

But The Paper Time Machine goes further. Each time-bending image chosen by Wolfgang have in turn been painstakingly restored and rendered in colour by Jordan Lloyd of Dynamichrome, a company that has taken the craft of colour reconstruction to a new level.

Each element in the monochrome images has been researched and colour checked for historical authenticity. As the layers of colour build up, the effect is disorientatingly real and the decades and centuries just fall away. It is as though we are standing at the original photographer’s elbow.

This is a unique book – a collection of historical ‘remixes’ that exist alongside the original photographs but draw out qualities, textures and details that have hitherto remained hidden. Each image will be accompanied by captions from Wolfgang on why the image matters and Jordan on how it was restored.

Brought to you by the team who published the international bestselling phenomenon, Letters of Note, The Paper Time Machine will be an exquisite 300 page object. Bound and printed on the best quality art paper, with two 8-page gatefolds, we are confident it will be the most important photographic book of the year.

And you can help us make it happen and get your name listed in the limited edition first run as a subscriber. Unbound, Retronaut, Dynamichrome and Getty Images all share a common vision. We believe making a book should be an adventure.

And what bigger adventure is there than going back in time…


Book specifications

284 pp

279 x 246mm

124 5-colour images

130 gsm wood-free art paper with matt varnish

Stitched and bound in cloth

Head and tail bands

Silk ribbon

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