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.
A short film shot on Queens-day 2013 – the last Queens-day for a while. On the 30th of April 2013 HM Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands abdicated and left the throne for HM King Willem Alexander.
As usual with Queens-day, Amsterdam turned orange. With this years royal succession, the city was flooded with the Dutch armed forces, blazing in full ceremony glory.
In October 2013, Folia Magazine, the independent weekly of the University of Amsterdam, celebrates its 65th anniversary. For this memorable occasion, the editorial staff decided to go for a special issue with seven 4-page interviews with professor emeriti of the university.
All regular Folia photographers were given one person and had carte blanche for the job. So this edition gives a nice view of different approaches to portrait photography.
I was assigned to Prof. em. dr. Michiel A.J. Eijkman, dentist, appointed as Professor of Social Dentistry/Information Science at the University of Amsterdam (ACTA). A lively speaker and former Navy-man, a recipe for some good stories on-site. I decided to go for a clean, open portrait with full focus on the portrayed.
The result is a 1/1 page portrait, with a follow up on the next page with Mr. Eijkman in his study (click for larger image).
Just moved to an other part of town! From former bank to former warehouse in the Nieuwmarkt – Lastage area, an old (and still very genuine) district of Amsterdam.
All is up and running now (almost). So when around, please drop by for a drink in our garden!
> New office (visit) address
Peperstraat 13 hs
1011 TJ Amsterdam
July 2013, Athens
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