Archive for the ‘Photography’ Category

De Brakke Grond

March 20th, 2011

Thursday saw the launch of the short festival Belgium!? in the Flemish Cultural Centre de Brakke Grond in Amsterdam with amongst other things. an exhibition by photographer Jimmy Kets. The central theme of the festival is the country Belgium with all its problems and the serious political crisis in which it's stuck. By some it is even baptized the most difficult country in the world.

De Brakke Grond
It is the first time I enter the building on the Nes. More spacious than I thought with a cafe-restaurant, various theatre halls, a studio and large exhibition spaces. The name “Brakke Grond” has its origins in the fact that the area was once swampy land with brackish groundwater, a mixture of the salt water of the IJ and sweet water from the river Amstel. For centuries monasteries dominated this area but demolition of a monastery church at the end of the 18th century gave rise to the current square which is situated in front of de Brakke Grond. It's been a monastery, an inn and for a long time an auction house. In the 1960s it was taken into use by a theatre group, in the seventies it was squatted for a while and in 1981, after a renovation based on the design by the Amsterdam architect Arthur Staal, it became a Flemish Cultural Center. De Brakke Grond wants to show what's happening in Flanders in the field of theatre, performance, dance, music, visual arts, photography, film and documentary, but also wishes to be a place of international exchange and encounters in a broader sense.

Show the rest of this entry »

Posted in Photography, Pictures | Comments (0)

The Dark Room #3

March 9th, 2011

It was another very busy Monday at the third edition of De Donkere Kamer (The Dark Room) in Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam!

Three pitches of three minutes
For a photographer and/or affiliate in the world of Dutch photography once again DDK proved worth a visit . For 5 euro entrance fee you won't have to pass up, especially because the entrance fee is divided between three photo projects of which the photographers hold a pitch talk of 3 minutes to sell it to the public. Together with your entrance ticket you will receive five coins that you can distribute between the “pitchers”. The one with the strongest story usually gets the bulk of the coins, thrown in three collection boxes afterwards.. Els Zweerink was the happy “winner” with her El Salvador project.

Varied program
On the program was also a tribute to the recently deceased Koen Wessing (1942-2011) known as one of Holland's best documentary photographers. A series of impressive photos of his hand was projected on large screens around the stage.

Pim Milo held a humorous plea against the free provision of photos for auctions, the proceeds of which go to charity. You stimulate the debasement of your work, he finds. Leave it, for example, to the collectors to offer work out of their collections at auctions. Do not do this yourself. Read the plea.

Lars Boering (director of the Fotografenfederatie) interviewed Claudia Hinterseer. She is director of NOOR, a successful photographer-collective based in Amsterdam. NORWAY focuses mainly on the big story behind important events and tries to reach a large audience, for example with strong photo essays on the impact of environmental problems on the traditional ways of living in countries around the world. With ten renowned photographers who are all co-owners, NOOR is close to the limit. A maximum of 15, according to Claudia Hinterseer, it shouldn't be more, it becomes unworkable.

Show the rest of this entry »

Posted in Photography | Comments (0)

Bes & Huibers

February 8th, 2011

Last Saturday two exhibitions opened in the Cindy Heijnen Gallery at Utrechtsestraat 95 in Amsterdam.
Not so long ago, the gallery of Cindy Heijnen was a butcher shop and that is still clearly seen in the lavishly tiled walls and floor and the massive refrigerator doors in the rear. A special atmosphere for a photo exhibition!

Especially the work of Hugo Bes (1971) fits right in. He went to icy northern Finland and made a photo serie about the Sami nomads, herdsmen in Lapland. This resulted in almost lyrical images of a tough existense, under the heading "Last Nomads of Europe '.
Part of the photographs include portraits of the shepherds, surprisingly modern dressed and shot against an inky background. Furthermore, black and white pictures are shown, dynamic and beautifully blurry images of animals from the herds of the Samis. Some of the photos were previously published in the Dutch magazine Vrij Nederland but of course that doesn't do credit to the superb quality of the prints shown here in the gallery.
in 2009 Hugo Bes won the Silver Camera for a portrait series on alcoholism in Finland.

Ewout Huibers's work is an entirely different story. He is working as an architectural- and interior photographer and exhibits some city panoramas plus two striking collages of architecture in Amsterdam. As one visitor put it: "A feast of recognition". Within the photographs, dozens of more or less known buildings are assembled, resulting in an intriguing puzzle you keep looking at for a long time.

The works of Huibers contrast with the images of Bes in their CGI-like appearance but this is sooner interesting than annoying and almost provocative. The two exhibitions together in the same space once again demonstrate how diverse the photography world is!

Links: website Hugo Bes, website Ewout Huibers

Click photo for larger images

Posted in Photography, Pictures | Comments (0)

Yee Ling Tang

February 4th, 2011

On Thursday February 3 Yee Ling Tang (1972) opened her exhibition “The Story of Four Generations” at the Central Library in Amsterdam. Also the accompanying book was presented and buyers were able to get it signed at the spot.

Yee Ling is born in Hong Kong and, as a three year old, leaves with her mother for the Netherlands where her father is already busy to build up a life. Later she goes to several art- and photography schools and today she is still living and working in the Netherlands. In her twenties, however, she regularly gets drawn back to her birthplace, interested in her background and her family of which a large part is still living in Hong Kong.
The photos of “The Story of Four Generations” illustrate and search for the connection between four generations: her grandparents, parents, herself and her daughter. Partly it's done with portraits but also cityscapes and domestic scenes serve to make the connections tangible.
In the lovely designed book, with a soft cover and a combination of glossy and matte paper, photos are interspersed with texts by Will Tinnemans.

The exhibition is free to visit until April 10 in the Amsterdam Public Library at Oosterdokskade 143.

Here you can You can find more background- and order information.
Yee Ling Tang also has a private blog at blogspot.

Click photo for larger images

Posted in Photography, Pictures | Comments (0)

Lost Track

January 24th, 2011

On january 4 Raoul Kramer (1978) presented his self-published book ‘Lost Track’ in Gallery Bart in Amsterdam.

As a photographer Kramer, despite his young age, has already progressed quite a bit. From confronting photojournalism in the West Bank through picturesque portraits of families in China, he went on to a more abstract kind of photography: simply capturing what's there without necessarily being beautiful or narrative.

‘Lost Track’ tells the story of the railway built around 65 years ago, with forced labor in Burma and Thailand. Kramer's grandfather was one of the surviving labourers and often told stories about it. In 2009 the young Kramer looked at the remnants of the track through the eye of his anologe camera.
With the stories of his grandfather in his head it's like a trip back in time. The book is beautifully constructed with photos shot every few kilometers which reveal a deeper meaning only because of the captions. A few hills, some rocks, a few trees, at first glance it seems a meaningless picture but if you read the accompanying story on the left page you suddenly look at it with very different eyes. The design by Eva van der Schans is also very efficient: caption on the left page, photo on the right, lots of white space around the text, unadorned, old, randomly and vertically placed, authentic black and white photographs enclosed separately.

Show the rest of this entry »

Posted in Books, Photography, Pictures | Comments (2)

Portfolio Night

January 7th, 2011

The New Talent Portfolio Night is a recurring event organized by Blend and Streetlab and this time around took place in Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam. Young or not quite so young artists (designers, illustrators, photographers) submit their creations to the scrutinizing eyes of a choice of professionals from the Scene. The atmosphere was trendy and nervously expectant. Naturally you hope that your work will leap to the eyes of the judges and that you’re recognized as the great new talent for this decade.

Show the rest of this entry »

Posted in Photography, Pictures | Comments (0)

Night Photographer

December 25th, 2010

“The night is a wonderful, mysterious and peaceful place.”
To photographer Larrie Thomson it became a welcome break from his daily life. When it’s full moon he gathers his photo equipment, gets into his car and heads out into the night ending up at some of the most desolate and unexpected spots,  like an abandoned factory, eery rock formations or a car wreck in front of a demolished house.
Usually he takes pictures with the available moonlight using long exposures, like 5 minutes or even longer. He also deploys colored strobes (external flash lights) to fill in the dark spots or simply to create special effects out of the ordinary (light painting).
Even though a lot of people who see his pictures think they are heavily manipulated with software like Photoshop, they are not. The images are surreal and intriguing, paintings of a world that’s out there but not usually visible to ordinary mortals.
His nocturnal escapades bring some adventure into his life as well: “You never know what you run into and sometimes you have to follow your instincts and just get the hell out!”

To see some of his work visit

Posted in Photography | Comments (0)

W. Eugene Smith Exposition

December 18th, 2010

Banner in FOAMOn Thursday the 16th yours truly went to the opening of the W. Eugene Smith exposition in FOAM. You can visit this all B&W visual treat until the 16th of March.

The photographer W. Eugene Smith, born in 1918 in Tucson, USA, is widely recognized as the originator of the photo essay. His work was published in several magazines including the famous American Life.
Eugene was a socially and politically engaged man and his pictures reflected his emotions and vision. He was also a perfectionist and workaholic, seldom satisfied with  the results of his work and was often disappointed by the way it was published, parts being omitted and changed by the editors. Working as a war photojournalist he was wounded in the Pacific and after World War II used and abused amphetamine and drink on a regular base.

After leaving his job at Life in 1954, he joined the well known photographers cooperative Magnum. He was commissioned to make a reportage about Pittsburgh. This turned out to be a very involved project and resulted in more than 11.000 negatives.

One of his most impressive projects was without doubt the Minamata project in Japan.

Show the rest of this entry »

Posted in Photography, Pictures | Comments (0)

  • Archives

  • If you want to write an article or have a nice suggestion, send an e-mail!