Tom Groves: In the Box

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‘A beautiful goal has many forms, it may come in the final, it may come in training or it can come accidentally’ [Massimo Bolignino in In the Box]

‘In the Box’ is a unique and compelling collection of images from the world of Subbuteo, an iconic 80’s/90’s miniature football board game. The project, launched in 2010, has taken Tom Groves and his camera across Europe, visiting some of the major tournaments and capturing a series of images with illuminating clarity and humour which brings the sport to life in spectacular fashion.
The photos guide us through the bizarre yet fascinating oddities of a sport that many people thought had died. Included in the book are images of euphoria, passion and dedication as well as quotes from the world’s top players, each providing a personal insight into why Subbuteo means so much to them. The final section of this artist book, printed on a different paper stock pays homage to the childhood game Top Trumps and idolizes a range of players from the European circuit.

In the Box is an edition of 1,000 copies and was funded through Kickstarter where nearly 300 copies were pre-ordered earlier this year. Printed by the world renowned EBS print house in Verona, Italy, the book, designed by Studio Thomas, features a silk screened hardcover which is wrapped in a flocked material, replicating the feel of a Subbuteo pitch.

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Additional information

title

In the Box

photographer

Tom Groves

text

Kaspar Bennett, Joshua Learner

graphic design

Studio Thomas

binding

hardcover

no. of pages

92

ills.

44 fc

language publication

english

publisher

Bellevue Books

ISBN

9780957635203

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