Portfolio book

Simon Debbaut-L’Ecluse

Simon Debbaut-L’Ecluse discovered his passion for photography at the KASK in Ghent, after coming into contact there with analog portrait photography and the Hasselblad, a famous camera from the 1960s and 1970s (think Vogue magazine or the 1969 trip to the moon).

Afterwards, he worked with mentor Stephan Vanfleteren on sentimental, sober portraits of his immediate surroundings. Simon’s network expanded and so did commissions, but playfully exploring light, color and composition remains paramount. ALLUVIUM is a portfolio book and at once an overview of the most valuable portraits made between 2016 and 2022.

Art book Alluvium

Cover: Recto/Verso Quadri LE-UV
Interior: Recto/Verso Quadri LE-UV offset

Cover: Sirio Color nude 290 g/m2
Inside: Munken Lynx Rough 120 g/m2

Binding Method
Swiss binding
Open glued back with light gray yarn

Tina De Souter


ALLUVIUM is a term from geology and stands for a sandbank, a metaphor for the merging of different sediments – sand, clay, gravel – into a new unit. The landscapes in the book hint at this symbolism.

Design choices

The interior was printed on a rough, uncoated paper to capitalize on tactility. This fits the theme of the book. The cover is a pink sheet. Before we went to print, much of the magenta tones were removed from the image to compensate for the pink shine of the printing sheet in the image.

Swiss binding

The binding method we used here is called a “Swiss binding. We start from a threadless or sewn book block (in this case sewn with dark gray thread). The cover is then attached to the back of the book block. The spine and front of the book remain loose.

The result? Pages stay open nice and flat. Thus, Swiss binding has not only aesthetic value, but also a practical advantage over other binding methods.