Pierre Le Hors, Firework Studies, 2010

Cover back and front

Cover back and front



Pierre Le Hors’ Firework Studies is one of those love-at-first-sight books. Its small, modest format and simple concept is its strength. I’m not at all surprised that it quickly sold out upon publication, and that tracking down a copy is now quite a laborious task. It appears intriguingly anonymous, baring any text except the publisher’s name on the back cover and the copyright information on the last page.

The book is packed from cover to cover with full bleed images of fireworks exploding in the night sky. Taken on a 4th July firework display. A simple idea presented exactly right. Strong contrasts and graphic, organic shapes bursting with energy. This is one of my favourite photobooks.


Published in an edition of 500 copies by Hassla Books 2010 (2011)

Soft cover with dust jacket

12.7 x 18cm

320 pages

Pierre Le Hors’ website: pierrelehors.com

Hassla Books: hasslabooks.com








Many thanks to Pierre for sending me the images.