Below, some examples of photo-shoots with artists. Shooting artworks demands sensitivity to the subject, not least in interpreting the work and figuring out how to bring that interpretation to the foreground.
“The Flight” 1967 © estate of Jaap Jungcurt
“The Hatter” 1967 © estate of Jaap Jungcurt
“The Rooster” 1967 © estate of Jaap Jungcurt
Boekbinderij Seugling is an institution, binding and producing artisanal hand-made books for museums, collectors and bibliophiles since 1923. The company approached me to make photographs of a series of works on paper by artist Jaap Jungcurt, whose work can be found in the collection of the Stedelijk museum. The results can be seen here. As you can see the project obviously required absolute colour fidelity to the originals.
Jaap Jungcurt, in his studio in January 2018
Paul Maassen asked me to shoot his paintings. The challenge here was to light the paintings so that the surface texture was revealed; in other words, the pictures need to look as if the paintings were lit with natural light, when of course they had to be lit with studio lights. It was essential that the three-dimensional qualities of the work be emphasized without compromising its physical subtly.
This from Paulus’ website.
“……Maassen has made paintings that show an interest in the suggestive image. What we see is an assemblage of almost sculpted paint and clay, getting together to form a cryptic image. The sculpture is being taken into the second dimension. For Maassen it's important to leave the interpretation of the work to the viewer.”
Left is a portrait of Paul, and a good example of a studio portrait in contrast to my candid portraiture of Jaap Jungcurt above.
Designer Corwin Verdonk needed pictures of his book projects, and as you can see being able to see in the photographs the texture of the paper and the density of the inks used is essential, in order to understand the quality of the work.
As he says on his website:
“I love graphic design. The excitement for me is the fact that graphic design ultimately gathers together all the components of a medium. How the fibres of paper appear as they absorb the ink and so enable the viewer to visualize the natural real canvas in the pages of a book. How oil based inks brighten colours in the same way as light does on a vertical canvas. While, at the same time giving the paper a different “feel”. Weaving these elements together creates a strong and unique identity. In doing so, these components all contribute to the customer’s journey. As a designer I consider exploring this potential, my responsibility.”
Corwin has worked with several design agencies such as Will van Sambeek & Cie and UXUS, and is mentor in design at Rockstart. Currently, he is working in his workshop in Amsterdam, on projects for clients in the fields of art, print and the circular economy.
Daan, better known as an award-winning author, is also a painter and Museum De Buitenplaats, (28 September to 12 January 2020) recently mounted a retrospective of his drawings, collages and paintings. And I was pleased to make some of the photographs for the catalogue, “Love, You Can Find Me By The River”. Here, of course, again colour fidelity was crucial.
To quote the museum’s introduction to Daan’s work, this is:
"…..an invitation to dream" for the viewer. In this work, the artist tries to hold on to moments of happiness. Painting stories: whether a visit to a witch doctor, or a meeting with a whale, or love for an hour and a half on a train, and in another the rediscovery of the marsupial wolf. The result is exceptional, stimulating …..”