The state of the art in Dutch theatre photography

The state of the art in Dutch theatre photography

Jan 5, 2012 |  by  |  Art, Event
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Theatre photography has always stood in the shadow of other types of photography. While art photography is slowly gaining more momentum in the art world no-one ever sees anything being published about theatre photography, until now. TM, a magazine about theatre, dance and music took it upon itself to find out what was going on in this specific field of photography, and they dedicated a entire magazine to the expertise.

Exhibition at Koch x Bos

That wasn’t all though. Another result is a exhibition with images from fourteen different photographers in the charming Koch X Bos gallery. The likes of Jochem Jurgens, Joris van Bennekom, Robert Benschop, Ben van Duin, Stephan van Hesteren, Sofie Knijff, Jean van Lingen, Deen van Meer, Sanne Peper, Moon Saris & René den Engelsman, Leo van Velzen en Jan Versweyveld are on show there.

A theatre play takes you on a (emotional) trip, it is the difficult task of the photographer to capture the soul of a play while at the same time every photograph taken is in essence subjective. So does the photographer capture his own specific view or does he try to go for a more generic view? Is that even possible? How do you create a shot which is both appealing ,and speaks for the play? Oh yeah, and try working with the soft light conditions too. See how and if they pull this off in this exhibition.

The featured image is from Joris van Bennekom who won the Theatre Photography Award 2011 for this very image. He also takes part in the exhibition at Koch X Bos.

The state of the art

When: January 7 – January 28 (Opening January 6, 16:00 – 19:00)
Where: Koch X Bos, Eerste Anjeliersdwarsstraat 3-5

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