Years I spent shifting through White House photographer Pete Souza’s archives. I created collections for recurring topics, and began to see how public perception of Barack Obama is deliberately shaped. This is my analysis – and a trove of wonderful photos.
Eight years and 6,500 Obama photos later: How our view of the President has been meticulously crafted [in English here]
At BredaPhoto I’ve talked about the decision making process as an image director for De Correspondent, what I’m looking for in photographers working for De Correspondent, and how photographers can find the right platform for their own work. What is the role of images in media, and what is your role as an visual artist?
[photo by Ron Magielse / BredaPhoto]
Last Monday I was invited to co-host the bimonthly evening on photography De Donkere Kamer in Amsterdam. I interviewed journalist and author Merel Bem about her new book ‘Doorkijken’, and Annemarie Zethof of the IBASHO gallery in Antwerpen on Japanese photography.
I’ll be co-hosting the next episode in February 2017. Stay tuned…
In my years of doing image direction
for different journalistic media I never understood why art is only present in
the ‘nice to know’ section of news,
while especially art is capable of communicating the huge and abstract world wide problems we’ll have to deal with these days like climate change, growing inequality and privacy.
So I wrote a warm plea for the unique qualities of arts and why it should be published on front pages more often.
Read the article here [in Dutch].
After publishing The Bonsai Project on De Correspondent with an article on the legal rights of trees, lots of upset comments by readers were given about that combination of text and imagery. Most heard critique was that the images were showing the opposite. But why should images in a journalistic context always literally show what is described in the text?
So I decided to write an article on why this is my approach in image editing. The images doesn’t necessary reflect the text, but bring in a different angle on the same subject. An article on my view of innovate image editing in journalism.
Read the English article here.
Over the course of one week 35 photography students from the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in The Hague embarked on a journey in and around the biggest melting pots in the Balkans: Sarajevo! All students made a person project which resulted in a publication, the website and a exhibition in the art school of Sarajevo.
Joining teachers were: Rob Hornstra, Lotte Sprengers, Pawel Pokutycki, Donald Weber, Krista van der Niet and me.
For the fourth – and last – time as the jury chairman I had the honour of announcing the Steenbergen Stipendium winner at the Dutch Photo museum in Rotterdam. The winner of this year is Esther Hovers of the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague.
I also presented the jury report (find it here) regarding all nominees and quality of this years graduation shows of all participating art academies.
[Photo: Jim Gregory / Nederlands Fotomuseum]
We’ve sold seven out of eight art works that were made by different image makers for productions of De Correspondent. We auctioned it at the Festival der Vooruitgang celebrating the two years anniversary of our journalistic platform.
[Photo: Fabian Fraikin / De Correspondent]