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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

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