Ivan Aleksandrov


Two Encounters with Irma Boom

Photography — 2018—2019

It is not every day that one gets to meet Irma Boom — a true pioneer in the book design world and one of the most respected living designers today.

I first met Irma Boom in 2018 when she gave a lecture at Harvard GSD. It felt absolutely surreal because she was right there! My friend got her to take a group photo with us on that day.

In 2019 my university organized a trip to Amsterdam for design students, and I found out that we would be visiting Irma's studio as a part of the trip. It felt even more surreal being in her studio and having her talk to us and answer our questions, so to document this special occasion, I printed out our first photo with her and took a photo of her holding it.