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- DescriptionSince 1995, Hendrik Kerstens has been photographing his daughter, Paula, creating moving portraits in the spirit of Vermeer. Born in The Hague in 1956, Kerstens is a self-taught photographer whose work has been shown in more than 40 exhibitions across Europe and the United States. His work is in major museum collections and is frequently featured in the New York Times magazine, and has inspired tastemakers as diverse as Elton John and Alexander McQueen. (McQueen used Kerstens's w-iconic portrait Bag as the invitation for his fall 2009 collection.) Here, Kerstens lovingly portrays Paula as a self-possessed young woman (with a sense of humor), as well as projecting onto her his fascination with the Dutch Master painters of the 17th century. The resulting portraits seem at once contemporary and timeless. Kersten's beautiful, haunting images, filled with Dutch light, express both paternal love and a deep respect for craft. Essays by photography curators Martin Barnes and Deborah Klochko examine the Paula images, considering them as an ongoing, three-way dialogue between photographer and sitter, and photographer and audience, and also discuss Kerstens' influences his larger body of work.
- Author BiographyMartin Barnes is Senior Curator of Photographs at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. He has curated numerous international exhibitions, written a number of books, and has contributed to international exhibition catalogues on the role of photography in the Pre-Raphaelite and Arts and Crafts Movements. Deborah Klochko is Director of the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego. She has curated more than thirty exhibitions; was executive editor of see, an award-winning journal of visual culture; and is the founder of Speaking of Light: Oral Histories of American Photographers. She is the author of a number of books on photography. Formerly the director of The Friends of Photography, located at the Ansel Adams Center, Klochko has also worked at the California Museum of Photography; the International Museum of Photography and Film at the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York; and the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.
- Author(s)Hendrik Kerstens
- PublisherHarry N. Abrams
- Date of Publication17/12/2013
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintHarry N. Abrams
- Weight1111 g
- Width249 mm
- Height305 mm
- Spine20 mm
- Format DetailsSewn,Cloth over boards,With dust jacket
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