De Gast’s Chesapeake

  • Book Design
Honoring a celebrated photographer with an elegant exhibition catalog

Robert de Gast was a photographer well-known for his images that capture the stories of the Chesapeake Bay and the Eastern Shore, as well as his previously published books that include The Oystermen of the Chesapeake from 1970. Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake is a hardcover catalog of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s exhibit that displayed 80 curated photographs from Robert’s nearly 10,000-image collection, with essays written by the curator and friends familiar with his work.

The book was designed to let the images speak for themselves by giving them lots of white space and creating interesting pairings. Printed as a duo-tone with warm gray and rich black inks, the book replicates the photographic details. Finishing touches include a cloth cover with a tip-on image placed by hand and white foil letters.

Awarded Best of Category, Excellence in Print from the Printing and Graphics Association Mid-Atlantic, 2018

gif of select spreads from catalog

stack of books next to open bookto title page
close up of book cover with tip-on and foil stamp
man and woman viewing photographs in an exhibition

catalog spread
catalog spread
photo of cypress tree by Robert de Gast
book opened to a spread of Robert de Gast's Chesapeake
catalog spread
detail of catalog spread
woman viewing photography exhibition
photograph of sailboats by Robert de Gast
catalog spread
catalog spread
catalog spread
stack of catalogs

My Role
Design, Production Management
Year Completed

Designed at Ashton Design.

Creative Direction, Production Management: Jeremy Hoffman