A couple of years ago I received a magazine with Hendrik Kerstens work in it. He is being represented by the Witzenhausen Gallery in Amsterdam and New York. Many of you I am sure already know his work. But it is definitely worth mentioning again. As well as the fact that his show is opening in New York at the Witzenhausen Gallery on Thursday June 11th until July 11th 2009, for more info click here. From the Witzenhausen Gallery site:
when hendrik kerstens decided to dedicate himself entirely to photography in 1995, he turned to a model very near at hand: his daughter paula. he wanted to document all the important moments in her life, to ‘be there’, to capture something of the fleeting moments that fade from memory all too quickly.
This series of photos is pretty amazing, it is so simple in a way, but that is the key. The simplicity of how he is able to create a certain feeling in the photo without seemingly any effort. His model and daughter, Paula, seems to be the perfect model for what Hendrik is getting at in his work. The more recent portraits seem to have a common thread in their referral to the painted portraits of the Dutch Masters. See you on the 11th June!