We are very excited to announce our forthcoming summer title: Plates I-XXXI by Lia Darjes.

Squirrels, tits, slugs, field mice, ants, sparrows: these are some of the small animals that become the protagonists of Lia Darjes’ mysterious tale. Far from frightening, they captivate and charm with their furtive spirit.

In a style reminiscent of the Dutch masters who inspire her, Lia Darjes captures the secret life of these timid creatures. Placing the leftovers of a meal in her or her friend’s garden, she entrusts the ensuing spectacle to her camera, which she leaves outside for hours or days at a time, its shots triggered by movement. This encounter between staged and chance creates a documentary study of these fellow beings with whom we live side by side, and yet so separately from.

Plates I-XXXI is a silent, colourful series that lifts the veil to reveal that unexpected visitors and magical parallel worlds are closer than we think.


Photographs: Lia Darjes
Concept, editing and sequencing: Cécile Poimboeuf-Koizumi
Design: Cécile Poimboeuf-Koizumi, in collaboration with Perrine Serre
64 pages
26 x 20.5 cm
French / English
Publication date: June 2024
ISBN: 979-10-96383-42-9
40 €


A special edition on an edition of 30 will also be available.
Don’t miss out on special price of 250€ (instead of 280€), only through 23 June.

It is composed of:
– 1 archival inkjet print on Canson Platine Fibre Rag, signed and editioned by the artist
Print size: 24,7 x 19,9 cm
Image size: 23,9 x 19 cm
– 1 signed first edition of the book Plates I-XXXI



Lia Darjes, born in 1984 in Berlin, lives and works in Hamburg and Berlin. She studied at HAW Hamburg in the class of Ute Mahler.

Lia Darjes became known with Tempora Morte, a documentary still life study that almost iconically exaggerates its subject, small market stalls at unofficial street markets in Kaliningrad. Her first monograph was published with this work.

In 2018, Lia Darjes began teaching photography at the Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie. She has been running the institution together with photographer Jörg Brüggemann since 2023.
She has been represented by Galerie Robert Morat since 2019.