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Alauda Publications is a small publishing house in the field of contemporary art and photography

Our aim is to publish works in which form and content meaningfully interrelate. A close collaboration with artists and authors is crucial to us. A cross-disciplinary editorial approach allows for a wide range of themes. We perceive a book to be an alternative medium for artists, both as a visual object and as way of documenting the artistic process.

The emphasis is on carefully designed publications, with an eye for tactility, craftsmanship and ecology. We work without a fixed procedure or a pre-specified format: for every project a tailor-made plan is created, encompassing all steps from the initial idea to the distribution.

Alauda Publications is an Amsterdam-based internationally operating publishing house, founded in 2009.

The name Alauda

‘Alauda’ is the middle name of Esther Krop (Esther Alauda Krop). It’s the scientific name for skylark, given by Linnaeus in 1758.

‘There is nothing which signifies or expresses summer more, I think, than the skylark singing as it soars high against the sun in a clear blue sky. Such an ecstatic song for such a nondescript bird. An exaltation of larks indeed!’ (Greytown, Wairarapa, 2005)

Listen to the song of the skylark:

The name Alauda is also bestowed by Julius Caesar in about the year 55 BC on the first example of a regular Roman legion: the V legion, levied in a foreign country and composed of barbarians. The designation was, in all probability, applied from a plume upon the helmet, resembling the ‘apex’ of the bird in question.


Esther Krop (secretary)
Director of Alauda Publications
Graphic Designer, Founder of De Monsterkamer

Bart Tunnissen (treasurer)
Director Project Development, Public and Legal Affairs of Waag Society

Marien Schouten (member)
Visual artist

Wonderful people

Communications assistant: Mathilda Hedberg
Photography: Maite Laka and Justina Nekrašaitė
Web developer: Joop Laan