With the new academic year Folia Magazine, independent magazine for the University of Amsterdam, comes with a new volume. For the first two issues i worked on two editorial portraits. Both as feature and also one for the cover.
First was Emma Curvers, UvA Alumni, columnist and debuting author with Dutch novel Iedereen kan schilderen.
Than there was Sander Wirken, UvA PhD researcher and initiatior of documentary film Burden of Peace about Claudia Paz y Paz, the first woman to lead the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Guatemala.
The project is still in post-production phase, but the trailer looks really promising!
See how the images were published in the layout (clik for bigger image):
Art director: Pascal Tieman
Every year Amsterdam celebrates sexual diversity with the Amsterdam Gay Pride. Highlight of the Pride week is the Canal parade with it’s special themed boats sailing for glory.
For that occasion i made a small portrait setup next to the drop off point at the end of the route. And asked participants to pose for a sec.
> Read more at: Amsterdam Gay Pride official site
For a survey of the Rathenau Instituut i worked on the editorial portraits. The dutch institute studies and reports on developments in science and technology.
The survey itself was on shale gas and fracking. Various players in the field were interviewed and along with a study the publication was to spark debate on the issue and to inform decision makers.
A selection of images in print:
What is it that you’re doing during film festivals?
Film directors Jan Schomburg, Michael Tully, Peter Brunner, Riad Sattouf, Fellipe Barbosa, Nick Reding, Robin Campillo, Yann Gonzalez, Fernando Eimbcke, Digna Sinke, Oxana Bychkova for IFFR 2014.
> read more about the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR)
For last years Folia Magazine Christmas special i did an editorial series on Amsterdam students. With guest editor-in-chief Ron Blaauw, the dutch double Michelin starred master chef, the series was to be food related.
We followed six UvA and HvA students and portrayed them during dinner.
> see the publication in pdf: Folia Magazine #14-2013/14
For a national campaign by de Belastingdienst (Dutch Tax and Customs Administration) I did the photography for brochure U & de Belastingdienst and various online publications. The campaign was to inform on the various services, for private and commercial parties, the Dutch Tax Administration provide.
The agency went for a more documentary approach, with emphasis on people and environment. Although all settings were completely staged (location, models), i really liked to work towards a documentary touch. All images incorporates governmental visual guidelines.
The spreads and two page interviews were complemented with a more personal portrait.
Amsterdam streets; view over Frederiksplein, autumn afternoon.
With many words already spoken to the discussion whether documentary photography (or film) is unbiased or not, i recently came upon this quote by photographer and visual artist Allan Sekula.
The only “objective” truth that photographs offer is the assertion that somebody or something… was somewhere and took a picture.
– Allan Sekula
Nowadays, the whole debate tends to shift in favor of the ‘subjective’ side. I haven’t been able to find out when exactly this quote was used (given the working career of Sekula probably before the whole discussion started), but in all its simplicity it just nailed it for me.