Dutch photographer Ellen Kooi’s (b. 1962) theatrical images challenge assumed perceptions of the world and transform bleak landscapes into dramatic stories. Playing with the relationship between fantasy and reality, the works focus on a female protagonist in the natural environment. Shot in the Netherlands, the photographs often present a brooding sky and unsettled scenery in order to re ect the inner turmoil of the human subjects. Kooi’s background in documenting theatre and dance is evident in her central characters who are often in motion or seem pensive and thoughtful. This ability to add narrative to familiar scenery pulls the creations away from the everyday and plunges them into a magical environment where colours are increasingly vivid, shapes are all the more pronounced and nature takes on a wilder expression. Kooi’s work has been exhibited across the world with the most recent presentation, Solo, in France and Italy. www.ellenkooi.nl.
Next Generation 2016: Pseudo Documentary
Aesthetica team up with London College of Communication for the third edition of The Next Generation. We interview German-born photographer Anne Erhard.
Pioneer of street photography Saul Leiter captured city life in mid-20th century New York City with an inimitable sense of composition, humour and grace.
Barry Cawston uncovers the surprising beauty present in the seemingly mundane: his arresting photographs are often of still, silent settings, void of intrusive humanity and bursting with intriguing shapes, shades and angles.
The analogue is increasingly marginalised in a digital climate that sees images everywhere; in this context the value of art photography is constantly questioned.
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A survey into the representation of sculpture and how photography has played a vital role in capturing the image.