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Global Detail

Qingsong Wang

Qingsong Wang

THIS GLORIOUS LIFE

In 1992 two historic events took place in China: Deng Xiaoping announced the glorification of wealth, and the first McDonalds opened in Beijing. Since then China has increasingly been in the grip of modernisation and the country has undergone enormous changes. In his staged and digitally manipulated photographs Qingsong Wang (b. 1961) visualises how centuries-old Chinese cultural traditions make way for the Western consumer identity. Many of his images refer to patriotic paintings and propaganda films. He introduces modern attributes and symbols into these historical presentations.

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  • THIS GLORIOUS LIFE

    In 1992 two historic events took place in China: Deng Xiaoping announced the glorification of wealth, and the first McDonalds opened in Beijing. Since then China has increasingly been in the grip of modernisation and the country has undergone enormous changes. In his staged and digitally manipulated photographs Qingsong Wang (b. 1961) visualises how centuries-old Chinese cultural traditions make way for the Western consumer identity.

    Many of his images refer to patriotic paintings and propaganda films. He introduces modern attributes and symbols into these historical presentations.

  • THIS GLORIOUS LIFE

  • THIS GLORIOUS LIFE

  • THIS GLORIOUS LIFE

  • THIS GLORIOUS LIFE

AES+F Group

AES+F Group

ACTION HALF LIFE

The AES Group caused a sensation during Noorderlicht 2001 with their manipulated photographs of Western cities under Islamic domination. The series received a sour topicality with the attack on the World Trade Center that took place during the exhibition. The latest project from AES also mixes fantasy and reality. In Action Half Life young photo models play the roles of heroines in a futuristic-looking war. The images refer to both computer games and the illusion of a 'clean war'. The AES Group consists of graphic designer Evgeny Svyatsky and conceptual architects Tatiana Arzamasova and Lev Evzovich. The three work together regularly with fashion photographer Vladimir Fridke; on those occasions his F is added to the other initials.

AES+F Group >>

  • ACTION HALF LIFE

    The AES Group caused a sensation during Noorderlicht 2001 with their manipulated photographs of Western cities under Islamic domination. The series received a sour topicality with the attack on the World Trade Center that took place during the exhibition.

    The latest project from AES also mixes fantasy and reality. In Action Half Life young photo models play the roles of heroines in a futuristic-looking war. The images refer to both computer games and the illusion of a 'clean war'.

    The AES Group consists of graphic designer Evgeny Svyatsky and conceptual architects Tatiana Arzamasova and Lev Evzovich. The three work together regularly with fashion photographer Vladimir Fridke; on those occasions his F is added to the other initials.

Christopher Anderson

Christopher Anderson

COFFEE CRISIS

Over the last ten years the balanced coffee market has been flooded with millions of sacks of coffee beans from Vietnam, causing the trade in coffee to collapse. With the support of the IMF and European Funds many Vietnamese farmers started growing coffee. Today Vietnam is both cause and victim of the coffee crisis. For his reportage Anderson travelled not only to Vietnam, which is pouring out the coffee, but also Brazil, the largest coffee producer in the world. In Italy he visited the Illy family business. Illy sets high standards for its product, and gives Brazilian coffee farmers a fair price for the quality 'Arabica' beans.

Christopher Anderson >>

  • COFFEE CRISIS

    Over the last ten years the balanced coffee market has been flooded with millions of sacks of coffee beans from Vietnam, causing the trade in coffee to collapse. With the support of the IMF and European Funds many Vietnamese farmers started growing coffee. Today Vietnam is both cause and victim of the coffee crisis. For his reportage Anderson travelled not only to Vietnam, which is pouring out the coffee, but also Brazil, the largest coffee producer in the world. In Italy he visited the Illy family business. Illy sets high standards for its product, and gives Brazilian coffee farmers a fair price for the quality 'Arabica' beans.

  • COFFEE CRISIS

  • COFFEE CRISIS

  • COFFEE CRISIS

  • COFFEE CRISIS

Yto Barrada

Yto Barrada

TANGER

Because of strict hygiene regulations and high wages, the peeling of shrimp as a home industry is hardly found in The Netherlands any more. Shrimp from the North Sea are thus peeled in low-wage countries such as Morocco. They return north for the Dutch market via the peeling factories of Tangier. The photographs are part of the series The Strait: A Record of Northern Ennui (2001), in which the Moroccan/French photographer Yto Barrada (b. 1971) sketches the life without prospects in the northern Moroccan city of Tangier. Daily life there is defined by dreams of crossing the Strait of Gibraltar and obtaining a better future in Europe.

Yto Barrada >>

  • TANGER

    Because of strict hygiene regulations and high wages, the peeling of shrimp as a home industry is hardly found in The Netherlands any more. Shrimp from the North Sea are thus peeled in low-wage countries such as Morocco. They return north for the Dutch market via the peeling factories of Tangier.

    The photographs are part of the series The Strait: A Record of Northern Ennui (2001), in which the Moroccan/French photographer Yto Barrada (b. 1971) sketches the life without prospects in the northern Moroccan city of Tangier. Daily life there is defined by dreams of crossing the Strait of Gibraltar and obtaining a better future in Europe.

  • TANGER

Harvey Benge

Harvey Benge

FIRST EVER PICTURES OF GOD

Harvey Benge (b. 1944) is a photographer with an eye for non-places. He finds them in diverse world cities such as London, Paris, Bangkok and Melbourne. At spots, which many would walk right past, he photographs details for his investigation into universal urban life. A door bell, neon lights, a shop window - they are what he calls 'parallel signs' which occur everywhere in the world. Sporadically they betray something of their geographic location, but for the most part there appear to be hardly any cultural differences among world cities.

Harvey Benge >>

  • FIRST EVER PICTURES OF GOD

    Harvey Benge (b. 1944) is a photographer with an eye for non-places. He finds them in diverse world cities such as London, Paris, Bangkok and Melbourne. At spots, which many would walk right past, he photographs details for his investigation into universal urban life. A door bell, neon lights, a shop window - they are what he calls 'parallel signs' which occur everywhere in the world. Sporadically they betray something of their geographic location, but for the most part there appear to be hardly any cultural differences among world cities.

  • FIRST EVER PICTURES OF GOD

  • FIRST EVER PICTURES OF GOD

  • FIRST EVER PICTURES OF GOD

  • FIRST EVER PICTURES OF GOD

THE GRINGO PROJECT

In an attempt to escape the West, the Russian/ American photographer Bezzubov (b. 1965) travelled from the Himalayas to the Amazon basin. But everywhere he encountered the West again, in the form of fast food restaurants, brand name products, cinema advertising, and especially in the form of tourists, in search of places and cultures that had not yet been corrupted by 'modern times' - still in an untouched state which they themselves were helping to destroy. THE GRINGO PROJECT (1997-2001) is a series of portraits of people in places where they really don't belong.

  • THE GRINGO PROJECT

    In an attempt to escape the West, the Russian/ American photographer Bezzubov (b. 1965) travelled from the Himalayas to the Amazon basin. But everywhere he encountered the West again, in the form of fast food restaurants, brand name products, cinema advertising, and especially in the form of tourists, in search of places and cultures that had not yet been corrupted by 'modern times' - still in an untouched state which they themselves were helping to destroy. THE GRINGO PROJECT (1997-2001) is a series of portraits of people in places where they really don't belong.

  • THE GRINGO PROJECT

  • THE GRINGO PROJECT

  • THE GRINGO PROJECT

  • THE GRINGO PROJECT

Peter Bialobrzeski

Peter Bialobrzeski

NEON TIGERS

European cities are sometimes true architectural museums. In Asia, in contrast, cities change constantly and every decade the skyline undergoes a metamorphosis. Bialobrzeski (b. 1961) investigated six metropolises in Asian 'tiger states' and emphasises the beauty and the absurdity of their headlong urban development.

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  • NEON TIGERS

    European cities are sometimes true architectural museums. In Asia, in contrast, cities change constantly and every decade the skyline undergoes a metamorphosis. Bialobrzeski (b. 1961) investigated six metropolises in Asian 'tiger states' and emphasises the beauty and the absurdity of their headlong urban development.

  • NEON TIGERS

  • NEON TIGERS

  • NEON TIGERS

Nico Bick

Nico Bick

HYPERMARKETS

In recent years Nico Bick has photographed mega-supermarkets in various European countries. His uniform approach reinforces their homogeneity. At the same time his large and very detailed photographs offer multiple layers through which to browse and discover just how refined the structures of the shopping environment are. Mineral water or soap powder are not just displayed anywhere at random. This realisation throws a whole different light on the idea of freedom of choice.

Nico Bick >>

  • HYPERMARKETS

    In recent years Nico Bick has photographed mega-supermarkets in various European countries. His uniform approach reinforces their homogeneity. At the same time his large and very detailed photographs offer multiple layers through which to browse and discover just how refined the structures of the shopping environment are. Mineral water or soap powder are not just displayed anywhere at random. This realisation throws a whole different light on the idea of freedom of choice.

  • HYPERMARKETS

  • HYPERMARKETS

  • HYPERMARKETS

Barbara Bühler

Barbara Bühler

CONFERENCE ROOMS

In 2001 Barbara Bühler photographed conference rooms of large financial institutions in Liechtenstein. She made shots both before and after closed meetings. The displaced chairs shuffled-through papers and empty coffee cups give little indication of the decisions taken there, and illustrate the invisibility of power, money and influential persons.

Barbara Bühler >>

  • CONFERENCE ROOMS

    In 2001 Barbara Bühler photographed conference rooms of large financial institutions in Liechtenstein. She made shots both before and after closed meetings. The displaced chairs shuffled-through papers and empty coffee cups give little indication of the decisions taken there, and illustrate the invisibility of power, money and influential persons.

  • CONFERENCE ROOMS

  • CONFERENCE ROOMS

Edward Burtynsky

Edward Burtynsky

SHIPBREAKING

Since the late 1970s Edward Burtynsky has specialised in industrial landscape photography. For the series Shipbreaking he followed the dismantling of scrapped tankers and freight ships in Bangladesh. There in several months time the ships are taken apart by hand: hulls, bridges and metal lie along the coast like sometimes dazzling extraterrestrial objects. Shipbreaking provides many jobs and is the only source of iron, steel and copper in the country. But during the process oil and toxic substances are released that threaten the people and ecology of the coastal areas. Burtynsky (b. 1955) illuminates both sides of the story.

Edward Burtynsky >>

  • SHIPBREAKING

    Since the late 1970s Edward Burtynsky has specialised in industrial landscape photography. For the series Shipbreaking he followed the dismantling of scrapped tankers and freight ships in Bangladesh. There in several months time the ships are taken apart by hand: hulls, bridges and metal lie along the coast like sometimes dazzling extraterrestrial objects. Shipbreaking provides many jobs and is the only source of iron, steel and copper in the country. But during the process oil and toxic substances are released that threaten the people and ecology of the coastal areas. Burtynsky (b. 1955) illuminates both sides of the story.

  • SHIPBREAKING

  • SHIPBREAKING

Carole Condé & Karl Beveridge

Carol Condé & Karl Beveridge

CALLING THE SHOTS

The staged series Calling the Shots subtly illustrates the ritual dance among anti-globalists, politicians and journalists. It is a series of linked-together images that carry the viewer along from a protest march to a television studio to a political press conference.

Carole Condé & Karl Beveridge >>

  • CALLING THE SHOTS

    The staged series Calling the Shots subtly illustrates the ritual dance among anti-globalists, politicians and journalists. It is a series of linked-together images that carry the viewer along from a protest march to a television studio to a political press conference.

  • CALLING THE SHOTS

  • CALLING THE SHOTS

  • CALLING THE SHOTS

  • CALLING THE SHOTS

  • CALLING THE SHOTS

  • CALLING THE SHOTS

  • CALLING THE SHOTS

Henrik Duncker

Henrik Duncker

IF NOKIA WERE A PLACE

The Finish name Nokia is known around the world through mobile telephones. It is however also the name of a small city two hundred kilometres north of Helsinki. The rubber factory, which was started there around 1900, put Nokia on the map and also provided work for half its population. In the 1970s the firm shifted its attention to the cleaner electronics field and left the city. While the firm flourished, the place fell into a deep economic crisis. A fast-growing service sector brought salvation. Duncker (b. 1963) photographed life in the city over two years.

Henrik Duncker >>

  • IF NOKIA WERE A PLACE

    The Finish name Nokia is known around the world through mobile telephones. It is however also the name of a small city two hundred kilometres north of Helsinki. The rubber factory, which was started there around 1900, put Nokia on the map and also provided work for half its population. In the 1970s the firm shifted its attention to the cleaner electronics field and left the city. While the firm flourished, the place fell into a deep economic crisis. A fast-growing service sector brought salvation. Duncker (b. 1963) photographed life in the city over two years.

  • IF NOKIA WERE A PLACE

  • IF NOKIA WERE A PLACE

  • IF NOKIA WERE A PLACE

  • IF NOKIA WERE A PLACE

Sophia Evans

Sophia Evans

DIRTY OIL BUSINESS

Since Royal Dutch Shell discovered oil in the Niger delta in 1958, Nigeria has developed into the sixth largest oil producer in the world. While the government was taking most of the profits, the local Ogoni people were confronted with the consequences: pollution of the environment and the disappearance of fish and wild animals. Under the leadership of the writer Ken Saro Wiwa, in the early 1990s the Ogoni demanded compensation. The campaign was hard-headedly suppressed by the government and the oil companies, and together with several co-workers Saro Wiwa was hung in 1995 after a dubious trial. In 2002 the Malawi-born Evans (b. 1968) travelled to the region for the first phase of a long-term project in which she will be following the social, political, economic and cultural developments in Nigeria.

Sophia Evans >>

  • DIRTY OIL BUSINESS

    Since Royal Dutch Shell discovered oil in the Niger delta in 1958, Nigeria has developed into the sixth largest oil producer in the world. While the government was taking most of the profits, the local Ogoni people were confronted with the consequences: pollution of the environment and the disappearance of fish and wild animals. Under the leadership of the writer Ken Saro Wiwa, in the early 1990s the Ogoni demanded compensation. The campaign was hard-headedly suppressed by the government and the oil companies, and together with several co-workers Saro Wiwa was hung in 1995 after a dubious trial.

    In 2002 the Malawi-born Evans (b. 1968) travelled to the region for the first phase of a long-term project in which she will be following the social, political, economic and cultural developments in Nigeria.

  • DIRTY OIL BUSINESS

  • DIRTY OIL BUSINESS

  • DIRTY OIL BUSINESS

  • DIRTY OIL BUSINESS

Stuart Franklin

Stuart Franklin

THE NEW EUROPE

The European Union began in 1958 with six countries that wished to co-ordinate the production of coal and steel. It now comprises fifteen lands and there are another twelve, primarily from the former Eastern bloc, that have been nominated for membership. EU regulations now cover the environment, defence and agriculture, and extend into all possible details of daily life. Magnum photographer Franklin (b. 1956) investigates the influence of the far-reaching regulations on the look of the new Europe.

Stuart Franklin >>

  • THE NEW EUROPE


    The European Union began in 1958 with six countries that wished to co-ordinate the production of coal and steel. It now comprises fifteen lands and there are another twelve, primarily from the former Eastern bloc, that have been nominated for membership. EU regulations now cover the environment, defence and agriculture, and extend into all possible details of daily life. Magnum photographer Franklin (b. 1956) investigates the influence of the far-reaching regulations on the look of the new Europe.

  • THE NEW EUROPE

    The European Union began in 1958 with six countries that wished to co-ordinate the production of coal and steel. It now comprises fifteen lands and there are another twelve, primarily from the former Eastern bloc, that have been nominated for membership. EU regulations now cover the environment, defence and agriculture, and extend into all possible details of daily life. Magnum photographer Franklin (b. 1956) investigates the influence of the far-reaching regulations on the look of the new Europe.

  • THE NEW EUROPE

  • THE NEW EUROPE

  • THE NEW EUROPE

Andreas Gefeller

Andreas Gefeller

SOMA

Skyscraper hotels with enormous parking fields, beaches of dredged-up sand, rows of beach chairs running for miles and dried out lawns surrounded by concrete. That is the standard landscape of vacation resorts like Gran Canaria. Gefeller (b. 1970) transformed this landscape into a cool, utopian stage set. His photographs are spatial and disorienting, as if they had been digitally manipulated. But they are real shots, albeit of unreal-looking tourist destinations. In his book Soma (2002) Gefeller combines the photographs with quotes from writers such as Aldous Huxley, Elias Canetti and Ray Bradbury.

Andreas Gefeller >>

  • SOMA

    Skyscraper hotels with enormous parking fields, beaches of dredged-up sand, rows of beach chairs running for miles and dried out lawns surrounded by concrete. That is the standard landscape of vacation resorts like Gran Canaria.

    Gefeller (b. 1970) transformed this landscape into a cool, utopian stage set. His photographs are spatial and disorienting, as if they had been digitally manipulated. But they are real shots, albeit of unreal-looking tourist destinations. In his book Soma (2002) Gefeller combines the photographs with quotes from writers such as Aldous Huxley, Elias Canetti and Ray Bradbury.

  • SOMA

  • SOMA

  • SOMA

Johann Sebastian Hanel

Johann Sebastian Hanel

TREES, WHICH ARE NOT TREES

From a distance it looked like a normal tree. Then one stormy day Hänel was struck by the fact that this tree stood still in the midst of its fellow trees blowing back and forth. Hänel realised that it had to be an artificial tree, made to camouflage the antennas for the mobile telephone network. Captivated by the absurdity of this idea, he has scoured Europe for more trees that are actually not trees.

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  • TREES, WHICH ARE NOT TREES

    From a distance it looked like a normal tree. Then one stormy day Hänel was struck by the fact that this tree stood still in the midst of its fellow trees blowing back and forth. Hänel realised that it had to be an artificial tree, made to camouflage the antennas for the mobile telephone network. Captivated by the absurdity of this idea, he has scoured Europe for more trees that are actually not trees.

  • TREES, WHICH ARE NOT TREES

Peter Hendricks

Peter Hendricks

GOOD COPY

In GOOD COPY photographer Peter Hendricks (b. 1955) is at the same time observer, narrator and part of the story. The photographs that he made for the past seven years of his wife and growing children are the basis for this project. He combines these personal images, extremely recognisable as such by their style, with photographs of famine and war zones, made during his trips to Africa and the Balkans. In these photographs he tries to give form to the degree of emotional involvement that he experiences in watching world events. The project appeared in 2001 in book form. ('Good copy' is the confirmation of a static free reception in radio communication and prevents the repetition of an incoming message).

Peter Hendricks >>

  • GOOD COPY

    In GOOD COPY photographer Peter Hendricks (b. 1955) is at the same time observer, narrator and part of the story. The photographs that he made for the past seven years of his wife and growing children are the basis for this project. He combines these personal images, extremely recognisable as such by their style, with photographs of famine and war zones, made during his trips to Africa and the Balkans. In these photographs he tries to give form to the degree of emotional involvement that he experiences in watching world events. The project appeared in 2001 in book form. ('Good copy' is the confirmation of a static free reception in radio communication and prevents the repetition of an incoming message).

  • GOOD COPY

  • GOOD COPY

  • GOOD COPY

  • GOOD COPY

Jacqueline Hassink

Jacqueline Hassink

CAR GIRLS

Automobile manufacturing is among the world's largest industries. When auto manufacturers want to distinguish themselves from one another with their products, they all present their newest cars in the same manner: with the help of female models. Surprised at the uniformity of this business culture, Hassink visited automobile shows around the world.

Jacqueline Hassink >>

  • CAR GIRLS

    Automobile manufacturing is among the world's largest industries. When auto manufacturers want to distinguish themselves from one another with their products, they all present their newest cars in the same manner: with the help of female models. Surprised at the uniformity of this business culture, Hassink visited automobile shows around the world.

  • CAR GIRLS

Fritz Hoffmann

Fritz Hoffmann

BORN IN THE PRC

The Hilfiger brand name is associated with clothing and bedding. The exclusive products claim to be American, while they are made almost anywhere and everywhere in the world. In 2001 Hoffmann (b. 1959) photographed the production of Hilfiger 'Old Glory' bedspreads, inspired by the American flag, as they were made by farmers in the western Chinese province of Zhejiang. They receive less than $3 for a product that costs $300 in America.

Fritz Hoffmann >>

  • BORN IN THE PRC

    The Hilfiger brand name is associated with clothing and bedding. The exclusive products claim to be American, while they are made almost anywhere and everywhere in the world. In 2001 Hoffmann (b. 1959) photographed the production of Hilfiger 'Old Glory' bedspreads, inspired by the American flag, as they were made by farmers in the western Chinese province of Zhejiang. They receive less than $3 for a product that costs $300 in America.

  • BORN IN THE PRC

  • BORN IN THE PRC

  • BORN IN THE PRC

  • BORN IN THE PRC

Robert Huber

Robert Huber

HEIDILAND

In 2001 tourist resorts all over Switzerland focused on the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the death of Johanna Spyri, author of the world-famous children's book on Heidi, the little girl from the Alps. In every way possible they tried to satisfy the expectations of their clients, created through films and television series. That was no simple task. While Japanese are looking for Heidi's dog, Europeans look for her goats and Americans her cows. The result was a varied collection of Heidi sets.

Robert Huber >>

  • HEIDILAND

    In 2001 tourist resorts all over Switzerland focused on the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the death of Johanna Spyri, author of the world-famous children's book on Heidi, the little girl from the Alps. In every way possible they tried to satisfy the expectations of their clients, created through films and television series. That was no simple task. While Japanese are looking for Heidi's dog, Europeans look for her goats and Americans her cows. The result was a varied collection of Heidi sets.

  • HEIDILAND

  • HEIDILAND

  • HEIDILAND

  • HEIDILAND

Rhodri Jones

Rhodri Jones

MADE IN CHINA

China is a land where 'the traditional tea ceremony is being replaced by soft-drink machines', according to Magnum photographer Philip Jones Griffiths in the foreword to Jones's photo book Made in China (2002). For six years Jones travelled through the country with its 1.3 million residents, in search of the people who are hidden behind the growing flood of products with the label 'Made in China'. His photographs show the lightning fast and radical changes that its 5000 year old culture is undergoing under the influence of the West.

Rhodri Jones >>

  • MADE IN CHINA

    China is a land where 'the traditional tea ceremony is being replaced by soft-drink machines', according to Magnum photographer Philip Jones Griffiths in the foreword to Jones's photo book Made in China (2002). For six years Jones travelled through the country with its 1.3 million residents, in search of the people who are hidden behind the growing flood of products with the label 'Made in China'. His photographs show the lightning fast and radical changes that its 5000 year old culture is undergoing under the influence of the West.

  • MADE IN CHINA

  • MADE IN CHINA

  • MADE IN CHINA

  • MADE IN CHINA

Bernd Jonkmanns

Bernd Jonkmanns

CALLCENTERS

In the Indian 'high tech' city of Bangalore many young, well-educated people work in the call centres of American multinationals such as American Express and Dell Computers. The bulk works at night because of the time difference. The telephonists receive language lessons, are kept updated on the latest American happenings and even use assumed American names, so that clients will not notice that they are talking to somebody in India when they have dialled an American service number. The difference between the traditional situation at home and their modern shadow lives creates social and psychological problems, particularly among the young women.

Bernd Jonkmanns >>

  • CALLCENTERS


    In the Indian 'high tech' city of Bangalore many young, well-educated people work in the call centres of American multinationals such as American Express and Dell Computers. The bulk works at night because of the time difference. The telephonists receive language lessons, are kept updated on the latest American happenings and even use assumed American names, so that clients will not notice that they are talking to somebody in India when they have dialled an American service number. The difference between the traditional situation at home and their modern shadow lives creates social and psychological problems, particularly among the young women.

  • CALLCENTERS

  • CALLCENTERS

  • CALLCENTERS

  • CALLCENTERS

Roshini Kempadoo

Roshini Kempadoo

VIRTUAL EXILES

The reasons people leave the countries where they were born can differ considerably. But what rarely differs is the relation with their new country. Migrants always remain outsiders, caught between two cultures. This theme is central to the work of Roshini Kempadoo (b. 1959). In images assembled digitally she combines her own photographs with archive materials that she has collected in Guyana and from the holdings of European anthropological institutions.

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  • VIRTUAL EXILES

    The reasons people leave the countries where they were born can differ considerably. But what rarely differs is the relation with their new country. Migrants always remain outsiders, caught between two cultures. This theme is central to the work of Roshini Kempadoo (b. 1959). In images assembled digitally she combines her own photographs with archive materials that she has collected in Guyana and from the holdings of European anthropological institutions.

  • VIRTUAL EXILES

  • VIRTUAL EXILES

  • VIRTUAL EXILES

  • VIRTUAL EXILES

Carl De Keyzer

Carl de Keyzer

TABLEAUX D'HISTOIRE

Tableaux d'Histoire is a project that has already run for some years, in which the frequently honoured Magnum photographer De Keyzer (b. 1958) comments on the concept of 'news' in an unorthodox and ironic manner. During stereotypical 'press events' such as an international summit in Davos or a debutante ball in Paris, he records not what happens in front of the footlights, but the spectacle that takes place on the sidelines, or behind the scenes. The composition, lighting and large format of the photographs refers explicitly to 19th century history painting. Obviously, he only shows or publishes the results much later, when the event itself has long ceased to have any news value.

Carl De Keyzer >>

  • TABLEAUX D'HISTOIRE

    Tableaux d'Histoire is a project that has already run for some years, in which the frequently honoured Magnum photographer De Keyzer (b. 1958) comments on the concept of 'news' in an unorthodox and ironic manner. During stereotypical 'press events' such as an international summit in Davos or a debutante ball in Paris, he records not what happens in front of the footlights, but the spectacle that takes place on the sidelines, or behind the scenes. The composition, lighting and large format of the photographs refers explicitly to 19th century history painting. Obviously, he only shows or publishes the results much later, when the event itself has long ceased to have any news value.

  • TABLEAUX D'HISTOIRE

  • TABLEAUX D'HISTOIRE

  • TABLEAUX D'HISTOIRE

Damjan Kocjancic

Damjan Kocjancic

THE THORN

Slovenia, once part of the former Yugoslavia, is one of the countries on the threshold of entering the European Union. For the Slovenians the West, and the prosperity they expect will accompany it, is coming increasingly close. But far from everyone can afford the life of luxury to come or knows how to adjust to the new, success-oriented society. With the approach of the West, for many a confrontation with their own failures is looming. In order to escape reality, many young people seek refuge in drugs and alcohol. In the eyes of Kocjancic (b. 1970), they reflect the transition to a new Slovenia.

Damjan Kocjancic >>

  • THE THORN

    Slovenia, once part of the former Yugoslavia, is one of the countries on the threshold of entering the European Union. For the Slovenians the West, and the prosperity they expect will accompany it, is coming increasingly close. But far from everyone can afford the life of luxury to come or knows how to adjust to the new, success-oriented society. With the approach of the West, for many a confrontation with their own failures is looming. In order to escape reality, many young people seek refuge in drugs and alcohol. In the eyes of Kocjancic (b. 1970), they reflect the transition to a new Slovenia.

  • THE THORN

  • THE THORN

  • THE THORN

  • THE THORN

John Lambrichts

John Lambrichts

BRICKFIELDS

In the Malaysian capital city, Kuala Lumpur, the ultramodern Stesen Sentral (Central Station) opened in 2001. It lies in Brickfields, one of the oldest and most traditional neighbourhoods on the edge of the city. With a new subway system and the high speed Klia Express to the airport, Brickfields is now linked with the rest of the city and the world. The consequences have been enormous, for the culture among other things. Shanty towns and kampongs must give way to apartment complexes, and street markets are replaced by modern shopping malls. The neighbourhood is a big pit where many illegals work. The subclass (small entrepeneurs, the blind, the homeless, prostitutes) is pushed to the margins.

John Lambrichts >>

  • BRICKFIELDS


    In the Malaysian capital city, Kuala Lumpur, the ultramodern Stesen Sentral (Central Station) opened in 2001. It lies in Brickfields, one of the oldest and most traditional neighbourhoods on the edge of the city. With a new subway system and the high speed Klia Express to the airport, Brickfields is now linked with the rest of the city and the world. The consequences have been enormous, for the culture among other things. Shanty towns and kampongs must give way to apartment complexes, and street markets are replaced by modern shopping malls. The neighbourhood is a big pit where many illegals work. The subclass (small entrepeneurs, the blind, the homeless, prostitutes) is pushed to the margins.

  • BRICKFIELDS

  • BRICKFIELDS

  • BRICKFIELDS

  • BRICKFIELDS

Martin Luijendijk

Martin Luijendijk

LINE 7, A WORLD JOURNEY

The trams of line 7 run across Rotterdam from the deprived neighbourhood of Spangen to the prosperous Kralingen. On the way the tram runs through neighbourhoods which vary greatly in terms of appearance, population, nationality and culture. Luijendijk photographed the interiors of stores along the route: the baker and the jeweller, the second hand shop and the chic restaurant, the Islamic butcher and the Indian sari shop. His photographs are a report on a world tour through his own city, reflecting the multicultural society of the Netherlands while at the same time revealing the economic differences.

Martin Luijendijk >>

  • LINE 7, A WORLD JOURNEY


    The trams of line 7 run across Rotterdam from the deprived neighbourhood of Spangen to the prosperous Kralingen. On the way the tram runs through neighbourhoods which vary greatly in terms of appearance, population, nationality and culture. Luijendijk photographed the interiors of stores along the route: the baker and the jeweller, the second hand shop and the chic restaurant, the Islamic butcher and the Indian sari shop. His photographs are a report on a world tour through his own city, reflecting the multicultural society of the Netherlands while at the same time revealing the economic differences.

  • LINE 7, A WORLD JOURNEY

  • LINE 7, A WORLD JOURNEY

  • LINE 7, A WORLD JOURNEY

  • LINE 7, A WORLD JOURNEY

Veit Mette

Veit Mette

GROUND ZERO

The attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, changed daily life in New York radically. In November 2001, Mette (b. 1961) started from 'ground zero' to walk through the wounded city and photograph the aftermath of the event. He saw how in a few weeks grief and pain had been transformed into control and suspicion. Ignoring all photographic technique, with a Polaroid camera Mette recorded the feelings of fear, insecurity and uncertainty.

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  • GROUND ZERO


    The attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, changed daily life in New York radically. In November 2001, Mette (b. 1961) started from 'ground zero' to walk through the wounded city and photograph the aftermath of the event. He saw how in a few weeks grief and pain had been transformed into control and suspicion. Ignoring all photographic technique, with a Polaroid camera Mette recorded the feelings of fear, insecurity and uncertainty.

  • GROUND ZERO

  • GROUND ZERO

  • GROUND ZERO

  • GROUND ZERO

Boris Missirkov

Boris Missirkov

THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL

The spread of American culture in Eastern Europe is an important theme in Missirkov's work. For The Bold and the Beautiful (2001) he photographed living rooms in which the television is tuned in to the soap opera, which by now is also popular in Bulgaria. The photographs illustrate how Americanisation slips into Eastern European societies unnoticed. At the same time the series offers a look at Bulgarian interiors and indirectly gives a picture of social life in that country.

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  • THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL

    The spread of American culture in Eastern Europe is an important theme in Missirkov's work. For The Bold and the Beautiful (2001) he photographed living rooms in which the television is tuned in to the soap opera, which by now is also popular in Bulgaria. The photographs illustrate how Americanisation slips into Eastern European societies unnoticed. At the same time the series offers a look at Bulgarian interiors and indirectly gives a picture of social life in that country.

  • THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL

  • THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL

  • THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL

  • THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL

Fernando Moleres

Fernando Moleres

CHILDREN AT WORK

Today there are still millions of children performing heavy and dangerous work on a daily basis. Particularly in poor countries with inadequate educational systems it is easy to abuse a labour force of children. This has enormous consequences for their physical and mental development. Fernando Moleres pictures the worst forms of child labour.

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  • CHILDREN AT WORK

    Today there are still millions of children performing heavy and dangerous work on a daily basis. Particularly in poor countries with inadequate educational systems it is easy to abuse a labour force of children. This has enormous consequences for their physical and mental development. Fernando Moleres pictures the worst forms of child labour.

  • CHILDREN AT WORK

  • CHILDREN AT WORK

  • CHILDREN AT WORK

  • CHILDREN AT WORK

Raghu Rai

Raghu Rai

EXPOSURE, PORTRAIT OF A CORPORATE CRIME

On the night of 2-3 December 1984, after a gas leak from the Union Carbide pesticide factory there, a disaster occurred in the Indian city of Bhopal. The death toll since then has been estimated at 7000, with the number of injured several times that. After the catastrophe Raghu Rai photographed the face of a child, shortly before its burial. This photograph, the World Press Photo of the year, became an icon of the tragedy. Eighteen years later, at the invitation of Greenpeace Rai (b. 1942) returned to the scene of the disaster. Thousands of people still suffer daily from the consequences of the calamity. Poisons in the soil continue to pollute the drinking water.

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  • EXPOSURE, PORTRAIT OF A CORPORATE CRIME


    On the night of 2-3 December 1984, after a gas leak from the Union Carbide pesticide factory there, a disaster occurred in the Indian city of Bhopal. The death toll since then has been estimated at 7000, with the number of injured several times that. After the catastrophe Raghu Rai photographed the face of a child, shortly before its burial. This photograph, the World Press Photo of the year, became an icon of the tragedy.

    Eighteen years later, at the invitation of Greenpeace Rai (b. 1942) returned to the scene of the disaster. Thousands of people still suffer daily from the consequences of the calamity. Poisons in the soil continue to pollute the drinking water.

  • EXPOSURE, PORTRAIT OF A CORPORATE CRIME

  • EXPOSURE, PORTRAIT OF A CORPORATE CRIME

  • EXPOSURE, PORTRAIT OF A CORPORATE CRIME

  • EXPOSURE, PORTRAIT OF A CORPORATE CRIME

Randy Olson

Randy Olson

RAPE OF GUYANA

Guyana is the least developed country of South America, with the highest debt per inhabitant. Nevertheless, its soil is rich with gold and diamonds and rivers like the Essequibo have the richest assortment of fish species of all South America. The minerals are being extracted by large multinationals. Because of the mining the land is eroding and the rivers are becoming polluted. The fish stock is decreasing rapidly. For the indigenous people it is becoming increasingly difficult to obtain drinking water and protein rich food. Randy Olson travelled along the Essequibo in search of the Indians who are being forced to withdraw deeper and deeper into the rain forest.

Randy Olson >>

  • RAPE OF GUYANA

    Guyana is the least developed country of South America, with the highest debt per inhabitant. Nevertheless, its soil is rich with gold and diamonds and rivers like the Essequibo have the richest assortment of fish species of all South America. The minerals are being extracted by large multinationals. Because of the mining the land is eroding and the rivers are becoming polluted. The fish stock is decreasing rapidly. For the indigenous people it is becoming increasingly difficult to obtain drinking water and protein rich food. Randy Olson travelled along the Essequibo in search of the Indians who are being forced to withdraw deeper and deeper into the rain forest.

  • RAPE OF GUYANA

  • RAPE OF GUYANA

  • RAPE OF GUYANA

  • RAPE OF GUYANA

Edith Roux

Edith Roux

UNDERSCAPES

Asia has also entered the era of extravagant consumption. There too shopping has become an important leisure time activity. Developments in the Chinese metropolis of Shanghai are a symbol of this process. Roux (b. 1961) photographed in the city's subway, which increasingly has been taken over by advertising, billboards and other expressions of the advancing cult of consumption. Her photographs give an impression of this invasion of public space and the human spirit. Underscapes is presented in the form of an interactive installation that enables the viewer to travel along with the subway passengers.

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  • UNDERSCAPES

    Asia has also entered the era of extravagant consumption. There too shopping has become an important leisure time activity. Developments in the Chinese metropolis of Shanghai are a symbol of this process.

    Roux (b. 1961) photographed in the city's subway, which increasingly has been taken over by advertising, billboards and other expressions of the advancing cult of consumption. Her photographs give an impression of this invasion of public space and the human spirit.

    Underscapes is presented in the form of an interactive installation that enables the viewer to travel along with the subway passengers.

  • UNDERSCAPES

  • UNDERSCAPES

  • UNDERSCAPES

  • UNDERSCAPES

Michel Séméniako

Michel Séméniako

EXIL

Michel Séméniako knows firsthand what exile is. His parents fled from communist Russia in 1921, his wife from General Franco's Spain in 1950. He knows from close up what refugees feel: anxiety mixed with hope for a better life. A refugee cuts all links with his past. It makes him a shadow - often hounded. Séménaiko (b. 1944), specialising in night photography, visualises this 'dehumanising' in night shots that, with the assistance of a group of artist friends are made with the use of a infrared camera. Exil (2002) comprises three parts: 'The escape' (green), 'The wandering' (blue) and 'Tomorrow, all is going to change' (red).

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  • EXIL

    Michel Séméniako knows firsthand what exile is. His parents fled from communist Russia in 1921, his wife from General Franco's Spain in 1950. He knows from close up what refugees feel: anxiety mixed with hope for a better life. A refugee cuts all links with his past. It makes him a shadow - often hounded.

    Séménaiko (b. 1944), specialising in night photography, visualises this 'dehumanising' in night shots that, with the assistance of a group of artist friends are made with the use of a infrared camera. Exil (2002) comprises three parts: 'The escape' (green), 'The wandering' (blue) and 'Tomorrow, all is going to change' (red).

  • EXIL

  • EXIL

  • EXIL

  • EXIL

  • EXIL

Manuel Sendon

Manuel Sendon

SPITTING WINDWARD

Spring 2002: the tanker 'Prestige' began leaking oil off La Coruna on the Spanish coast. The Spanish authorities had the ship towed to deep water. The result was an unprecedented oil spill. Unsatisfied with the action of the government authorities, the local population united in the action group Nunca Más (Never again!). Sendón joined with them and in the series Cuspindo a Barlovento (Spitting into the wind) recorded how Nunca Más cleaned up the beaches of his youth, often with nothing more than frying pans, knives and pitchforks.

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  • SPITTING WINDWARD

    Spring 2002: the tanker 'Prestige' began leaking oil off La Coruna on the Spanish coast. The Spanish authorities had the ship towed to deep water. The result was an unprecedented oil spill. Unsatisfied with the action of the government authorities, the local population united in the action group Nunca Más (Never again!). Sendón joined with them and in the series Cuspindo a Barlovento (Spitting into the wind) recorded how Nunca Más cleaned up the beaches of his youth, often with nothing more than frying pans, knives and pitchforks.

  • SPITTING WINDWARD

  • SPITTING WINDWARD

  • SPITTING WINDWARD

  • SPITTING WINDWARD

Manit Sriwanichpoom

Manit Sriwanichpoom

THIS BLOODLESS WAR

Increasing consumption at the expense of Asia's unique identity and culture is an important theme in Sriwanichpoom's work. In This Bloodless War (1997) he recreated famous photographs from the Vietnam War, which according to Sriwanichpoom was as drastic then as the loss of Asian culture is now. The casualties are no longer the victims of American soldiers. There are no weapons or corpses here. In place of these there are people in brand name clothing who scream, run and fall just as the victims in the famous photographs of thirty years ago did. In his work Sriwanichpoom (b. 1961) makes frequent use of historic image material in order to draw historic parallels.

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  • THIS BLOODLESS WAR

    Increasing consumption at the expense of Asia's unique identity and culture is an important theme in Sriwanichpoom's work. In This Bloodless War (1997) he recreated famous photographs from the Vietnam War, which according to Sriwanichpoom was as drastic then as the loss of Asian culture is now. The casualties are no longer the victims of American soldiers. There are no weapons or corpses here. In place of these there are people in brand name clothing who scream, run and fall just as the victims in the famous photographs of thirty years ago did. In his work Sriwanichpoom (b. 1961) makes frequent use of historic image material in order to draw historic parallels.

  • THIS BLOODLESS WAR

  • THIS BLOODLESS WAR

  • THIS BLOODLESS WAR

  • THIS BLOODLESS WAR

Jules Spinatsch

Jules Spinatsch

TEMPORARY DISCOMFORT

Since the protest actions against globalisation got totally out of hand in Seattle in 1999, the sites of important international summits are invariably turned into true fortresses. Buildings are surrounded by extra security and approach roads are blocked off. From fear of disturbances shopkeepers board up their windows and protect their neon lighting and signs. Normal life grinds to a halt. Totally sealed off from the rest of the world, political leaders among themselves come to decisions on questions of global importance.

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  • TEMPORARY DISCOMFORT

    Since the protest actions against globalisation got totally out of hand in Seattle in 1999, the sites of important international summits are invariably turned into true fortresses. Buildings are surrounded by extra security and approach roads are blocked off. From fear of disturbances shopkeepers board up their windows and protect their neon lighting and signs. Normal life grinds to a halt. Totally sealed off from the rest of the world, political leaders among themselves come to decisions on questions of global importance.

  • TEMPORARY DISCOMFORT

  • TEMPORARY DISCOMFORT

  • TEMPORARY DISCOMFORT

  • TEMPORARY DISCOMFORT

Michalis Sourlis

Michalis Sourlis

BREAKING INTO BOLLYWOOD

With more than 800 film productions per year, Bollywood is one of the largest glamour industries in the world. Every day more than 250 young Indians apply with the hope of becoming a film star. Only a few will succeed, because the average Bollywood film contains many fight and dance scenes, and it is expected that actors also possess beauty, strength and stamina. Sourlis (b. 1972) followed a group of young hopefuls through their auditions and their first appearance in a film. Sourlis is a freelance photographer and works chiefly in Europe and India. He is based in England.

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  • BREAKING INTO BOLLYWOOD

    With more than 800 film productions per year, Bollywood is one of the largest glamour industries in the world. Every day more than 250 young Indians apply with the hope of becoming a film star. Only a few will succeed, because the average Bollywood film contains many fight and dance scenes, and it is expected that actors also possess beauty, strength and stamina.

    Sourlis (b. 1972) followed a group of young hopefuls through their auditions and their first appearance in a film. Sourlis is a freelance photographer and works chiefly in Europe and India. He is based in England.

  • BREAKING INTO BOLLYWOOD

  • BREAKING INTO BOLLYWOOD

  • BREAKING INTO BOLLYWOOD

  • BREAKING INTO BOLLYWOOD

Tendance Floue

Tendance Floue

NOUS N'IRONS PLUS AUX PARADIS

With Nous n'irons plus aux Paradis the French photographers' collective Tendance Floue originally intended to document a number of demonstrations against globalisation. As was the case with their first visual report on the situation in the world, published in 1999, they also gradually introduced other events that were connected with their main motif. For instance, images of the disaster with the oil tanker 'Erika', the September 11 attacks and the Middle East conflict ultimately also assume an important place in their 'reportage', which appeared in book form in 2002. During Noorderlicht the photographs will be shown in the form of a projection/collage. Tendance Floue is: Pascal Aimar, Thierry Ardouin, Denis Bourges, Gilles Coulon, Olivier Culmann, Mat Jacob, Caty Jan, Philippe Lopparelli, Meyer, Patrick Tourneboeuf, Stephan Zaubitzer

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  • NOUS N'IRONS PLUS AUX PARADIS

    With Nous n'irons plus aux Paradis the French photographers' collective Tendance Floue originally intended to document a number of demonstrations against globalisation. As was the case with their first visual report on the situation in the world, published in 1999, they also gradually introduced other events that were connected with their main motif. For instance, images of the disaster with the oil tanker 'Erika', the September 11 attacks and the Middle East conflict ultimately also assume an important place in their 'reportage', which appeared in book form in 2002.

    During Noorderlicht the photographs will be shown in the form of a projection/collage.

    Tendance Floue is: Pascal Aimar, Thierry Ardouin, Denis Bourges, Gilles Coulon, Olivier Culmann, Mat Jacob, Caty Jan, Philippe Lopparelli, Meyer, Patrick Tourneboeuf, Stephan Zaubitzer

  • NOUS N'IRONS PLUS AUX PARADIS

  • NOUS N'IRONS PLUS AUX PARADIS

  • NOUS N'IRONS PLUS AUX PARADIS

  • NOUS N'IRONS PLUS AUX PARADIS

Yrjö Tuunanen

Yrjö Tuunanen

SHOES FROM VIETNAM

In 2001 Yrjö Tuunanen (b. 1964), together with the journalist Elina Grundström, visited a Vietnamese shoe factory, which produces footwear for the Finish market. On this trip, commissioned by their client, they saw young and smiling workers in brand new clothing. Later in the year they returned unannounced to collect supplementary material. Although the outward circumstances had not changed, the atmosphere in the factory had become chilly. The workers no longer had time to receive their visitors: work had to be done. Things from third world countries that are marketed in the West as 'clean' fair trade products are also merchandise made during long days and under bad circumstances.

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  • SHOES FROM VIETNAM


    In 2001 Yrjö Tuunanen (b. 1964), together with the journalist Elina Grundström, visited a Vietnamese shoe factory, which produces footwear for the Finish market. On this trip, commissioned by their client, they saw young and smiling workers in brand new clothing. Later in the year they returned unannounced to collect supplementary material. Although the outward circumstances had not changed, the atmosphere in the factory had become chilly. The workers no longer had time to receive their visitors: work had to be done. Things from third world countries that are marketed in the West as 'clean' fair trade products are also merchandise made during long days and under bad circumstances.

  • SHOES FROM VIETNAM

  • SHOES FROM VIETNAM

  • SHOES FROM VIETNAM

  • SHOES FROM VIETNAM

Robert Walker

Robert Walker

CONSUMING ICONS

Since the 1980s Robert Walker has been fascinated by colour. Inspired by Pop Art artists like Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Rauschenburg, for years he has photographed the street scene in large cities like New York, where advertising on façades, in shop windows and on billboards must fight for attention. In these photographs, which have appeared in the book Color is Power (2002), among other places, commerce declares its power over the street in bright lights and screaming colours. In Las Vegas Walker (b. 1945) documented another aspect of visual pushiness. The city, known for its casinos, is dominated by colossal copies of famous buildings.

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  • CONSUMING ICONS

    Since the 1980s Robert Walker has been fascinated by colour. Inspired by Pop Art artists like Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Rauschenburg, for years he has photographed the street scene in large cities like New York, where advertising on façades, in shop windows and on billboards must fight for attention. In these photographs, which have appeared in the book Color is Power (2002), among other places, commerce declares its power over the street in bright lights and screaming colours. In Las Vegas Walker (b. 1945) documented another aspect of visual pushiness. The city, known for its casinos, is dominated by colossal copies of famous buildings.

  • CONSUMING ICONS

  • CONSUMING ICONS

  • CONSUMING ICONS

  • CONSUMING ICONS

Graeme Williams

Graeme Williams

DREAM TIME IN BREATHLESS SPACES

New shopping malls are shooting up in the suburbs of Johannesburg like mushrooms. Large tracts of nature have to give way for constructions of concrete and steel. These offer residents of the neighbourhood access to a choice selection of consumer goods. At the same time they are deprived of their access to their familiar natural surroundings. Of necessity social life now plays itself out against the background of the malls, with their neon lights, Muzak and glittering advertising signs. Graeme Williams (b. 1941) photographed in them off the cuff, in order to reflect the capricious and unnatural character of these modern shopping malls, exemplars of progress.

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  • DREAM TIME IN BREATHLESS SPACES

    New shopping malls are shooting up in the suburbs of Johannesburg like mushrooms. Large tracts of nature have to give way for constructions of concrete and steel. These offer residents of the neighbourhood access to a choice selection of consumer goods. At the same time they are deprived of their access to their familiar natural surroundings. Of necessity social life now plays itself out against the background of the malls, with their neon lights, Muzak and glittering advertising signs. Graeme Williams (b. 1941) photographed in them off the cuff, in order to reflect the capricious and unnatural character of these modern shopping malls, exemplars of progress.

  • DREAM TIME IN BREATHLESS SPACES

  • DREAM TIME IN BREATHLESS SPACES

  • DREAM TIME IN BREATHLESS SPACES

  • DREAM TIME IN BREATHLESS SPACES

Donovan Wylie

Donovan Wylie

BULGARIA

In Bulgaria too, one of the thirteen countries nominated for entry into the European Union, many young people appear to already want to experience a down-payment on the new status of their land. They purchase all sorts of luxury brand name articles, causing the face of this former Eastern bloc nation to undergo a metamorphosis.

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  • BULGARIA

    In Bulgaria too, one of the thirteen countries nominated for entry into the European Union, many young people appear to already want to experience a down-payment on the new status of their land. They purchase all sorts of luxury brand name articles, causing the face of this former Eastern bloc nation to undergo a metamorphosis.

  • BULGARIA

  • BULGARIA

  • BULGARIA

Danwen Xing

Danwen Xing

disCONNEXION

n the present information age nothing appears so old-fashioned as a computer. The southern Chinese province of Kwantung, around Hong Kong, is one of the places where discarded electronic apparatus is dismantled. More than 100,000 people recycle waste computers there from countries such as Japan, South Korea and the United States, sometimes working under dreadful conditions. Travelling back and forth between the land of her birth and the West, Danwen (b. 1967) saw how increasing Western influences stimulated the economic development of China, but also the massive social inequality and environmental problems this caused. Through the aesthetic of her photographs Danwen isolates her subjects from their social context and in doing so emphasises the underlying conflict between modernity and tradition.

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  • disCONNEXION

    n the present information age nothing appears so old-fashioned as a computer. The southern Chinese province of Kwantung, around Hong Kong, is one of the places where discarded electronic apparatus is dismantled. More than 100,000 people recycle waste computers there from countries such as Japan, South Korea and the United States, sometimes working under dreadful conditions.

    Travelling back and forth between the land of her birth and the West, Danwen (b. 1967) saw how increasing Western influences stimulated the economic development of China, but also the massive social inequality and environmental problems this caused. Through the aesthetic of her photographs Danwen isolates her subjects from their social context and in doing so emphasises the underlying conflict between modernity and tradition.

  • disCONNEXION

  • disCONNEXION

  • disCONNEXION

Patrick Zachmann

Patrick Zachmann

ARGENTINA 2003

The crisis in Argentina, consequence of a faltering economy and the strict demands of the World Bank, affects rich and poor alike. Yet the consequences for the two groups differ. Particularly at night the contrast between the two parallel worlds becomes visible. In Buenos Aires the youth from wealthy families indeed must keep a tight grip on their expenditures, but they can still party until deep into the night. A stone's-throw away the cartoneros (cardboard collectors) rummage for old paper and glass. What they earn from it is hardly enough for one meal a day. In daylight hours aid organisations therefore distribute extra food.

Patrick Zachmann >>

  • ARGENTINA 2003

    The crisis in Argentina, consequence of a faltering economy and the strict demands of the World Bank, affects rich and poor alike. Yet the consequences for the two groups differ. Particularly at night the contrast between the two parallel worlds becomes visible. In Buenos Aires the youth from wealthy families indeed must keep a tight grip on their expenditures, but they can still party until deep into the night. A stone's-throw away the cartoneros (cardboard collectors) rummage for old paper and glass. What they earn from it is hardly enough for one meal a day. In daylight hours aid organisations therefore distribute extra food.

  • ARGENTINA 2003

  • ARGENTINA 2003

  • ARGENTINA 2003

  • ARGENTINA 2003

The Homage

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Henri Cartier-Bresson

MEXICO

'In order to give meaning to the world, you have to be involved with what you see. That demands concentration, feeling, a disciplined mind and spatial insight.' Those are the words of Henri Cartier-Bresson, without doubt one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century. His photographs, although made from a journalistic perspective, have the specific gravity of art. Whether they are of people, cities or landscapes, Cartier-Bresson always seeks the 'decisive moment' - the fraction of a second in which the essence of the event becomes visible. It gives his photographs a universal appeal. Cartier-Bresson was among the founders of Magnum in 1947, and has photographed on every continent. He was in India during the decolonisation and in China when Mao Tse-tung assumed power. In 1954 he was the first foreign photographer allowed into the USSR. The Mexican photographs which are to be seen at Noorderlicht were made during two trips, the first in 1934, when he was still at the beginning of his career, and the second in 1964.

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  • MEXICO

    'In order to give meaning to the world, you have to be involved with what you see. That demands concentration, feeling, a disciplined mind and spatial insight.' Those are the words of Henri Cartier-Bresson, without doubt one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century. His photographs, although made from a journalistic perspective, have the specific gravity of art. Whether they are of people, cities or landscapes, Cartier-Bresson always seeks the 'decisive moment' - the fraction of a second in which the essence of the event becomes visible. It gives his photographs a universal appeal.

    Cartier-Bresson was among the founders of Magnum in 1947, and has photographed on every continent. He was in India during the decolonisation and in China when Mao Tse-tung assumed power. In 1954 he was the first foreign photographer allowed into the USSR.

    The Mexican photographs which are to be seen at Noorderlicht were made during two trips, the first in 1934, when he was still at the beginning of his career, and the second in 1964.

  • MEXICO

George Rodger

George Rodger

THE NUBA

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  • THE NUBA

  • THE NUBA

    'I had to get the filth of war out of my system, the screams of the wounded, the moans of the dying. I went in search of a place in the world that was clean.' That is how George Rodger once explained the time spent with the Nuba tribe in Sudan.

    From 1939 to 1945 George Rodger had worked as a war correspondent for Life. He photographed in Africa, witnessed the invasion of Normandy and the liberation of Paris. In April, 1945, he was the first photographer to see the horrors of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Sick of searching for 'good compositions of the dead', he decided to never again photograph violence or death.

    The first project that he carried out as a founder of Magnum was a 50,000 kilometre trip through North Africa. Eye to eye with the old civilisation, not affected by the recent modern war, he hoped to work through his personal experiences. This emotional commitment undoubtedly explains the exceptional quality of his reportage, which appeared for the first time in 1951 in the National Geographic.

    His book Village of the Nubas (1955) is still regarded as a classic. Rodger (1908-1995) made dozens of further trips through Africa.

Bruce Davidson

Bruce Davidson

BROOKLYN GANG

After a short period as a freelancer for Life magazine, in 1958 Bruce Davidson was included in the Magnum collective. One of the first projects he carried out was making a photo documentary on The Jokers, a group of teenagers in Brooklyn. He hung around with them on the street, in the park, and on the beaches and boardwalks of Coney Island. The result was an intimate and revealing portrait of youth growing up in the 1950s. At the same time it visualised the bonds of friendship among men and women on the threshold of adulthood, a phase common to people of all cultures. Davidson (b. 1933) would later realise many more similar projects, among them on the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s and on the residents of a block in East Harlem. Each time, on the basis of lives rooted in a particular time and place he produced a story with general human appeal, giving a unique modern interpretation to the values of Magnum's founders. Over forty years after it was made, Brooklyn Gang is still a document that speaks to the viewer.

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  • BROOKLYN GANG

    After a short period as a freelancer for Life magazine, in 1958 Bruce Davidson was included in the Magnum collective. One of the first projects he carried out was making a photo documentary on The Jokers, a group of teenagers in Brooklyn. He hung around with them on the street, in the park, and on the beaches and boardwalks of Coney Island. The result was an intimate and revealing portrait of youth growing up in the 1950s. At the same time it visualised the bonds of friendship among men and women on the threshold of adulthood, a phase common to people of all cultures.

    Davidson (b. 1933) would later realise many more similar projects, among them on the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s and on the residents of a block in East Harlem. Each time, on the basis of lives rooted in a particular time and place he produced a story with general human appeal, giving a unique modern interpretation to the values of Magnum's founders. Over forty years after it was made, Brooklyn Gang is still a document that speaks to the viewer.

  • BROOKLYN GANG

Chris Steele Perkins

Chris Steele Perkins

THE TEDS

Chris Steele-Perkins is a multi-talented photographer who focuses on the most diverse subjects. Beginning as a photographer and picture editor for a student newspaper, over the course of the years he has been occupied with social documentary projects, foreign reportage, travel, architecture and landscape photography. He has repeatedly adapted his style and approach to his subjects. In the 1970s Steele-Perkins (b. 1947) was primarily involved with the social problems of the large British inner cities. At the same time he was working on an extensive project that in 1979 would result in his first book, The Teds. In it he offers a detailed picture of the last of the British Teddy Boys, the fashionably clad and provocative British subculture that arose in the 1950s. The book has long been regarded as the classic example of British post-war documentary photography.

Chris Steele Perkins >>

  • THE TEDS

    Chris Steele-Perkins is a multi-talented photographer who focuses on the most diverse subjects. Beginning as a photographer and picture editor for a student newspaper, over the course of the years he has been occupied with social documentary projects, foreign reportage, travel, architecture and landscape photography. He has repeatedly adapted his style and approach to his subjects.

    In the 1970s Steele-Perkins (b. 1947) was primarily involved with the social problems of the large British inner cities. At the same time he was working on an extensive project that in 1979 would result in his first book, The Teds. In it he offers a detailed picture of the last of the British Teddy Boys, the fashionably clad and provocative British subculture that arose in the 1950s. The book has long been regarded as the classic example of British post-war documentary photography.

  • THE TEDS

Fernando Scianna

Fernando Scianna

SICILY

Ferdinando Scianna was born and raised in Sicily and has pictured the culture of the island like no other. He has devoted various books to the land of his birth. His Les Siciliens, which appeared in 1977, and from which a wide selection is to be seen during Noorderlicht, is regarded as his magnum opus. In the book, through portraits, landscapes and street scenes Scianna shows a region that is permeated by tradition and religious culture, but at the same time adapts to modern times. His manner of working is characteristic of post-war humanistic reportage photography, while the baroque light and deep shadows of his photographs remind one of the neo-realist Italian cinema of the 1940s. Scianna studied literature and philosophy at the University of Palermo and was captivated by photography in the 1960s. Working in Paris for Le Monde Diplomatique and for various Italian periodicals, he met Henri Cartier-Bresson, who introduced him to Magnum. He became a nominee for membership in 1982 and a full member in 1989. Scianna (b. 1946) presently lives in Milan and divides his time among reportage, fashion photography and self-initiated book projects.

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  • SICILY

    Ferdinando Scianna was born and raised in Sicily and has pictured the culture of the island like no other. He has devoted various books to the land of his birth. His Les Siciliens, which appeared in 1977, and from which a wide selection is to be seen during Noorderlicht, is regarded as his magnum opus.

    In the book, through portraits, landscapes and street scenes Scianna shows a region that is permeated by tradition and religious culture, but at the same time adapts to modern times. His manner of working is characteristic of post-war humanistic reportage photography, while the baroque light and deep shadows of his photographs remind one of the neo-realist Italian cinema of the 1940s. Scianna studied literature and philosophy at the University of Palermo and was captivated by photography in the 1960s. Working in Paris for Le Monde Diplomatique and for various Italian periodicals, he met Henri Cartier-Bresson, who introduced him to Magnum. He became a nominee for membership in 1982 and a full member in 1989.

    Scianna (b. 1946) presently lives in Milan and divides his time among reportage, fashion photography and self-initiated book projects.

  • SICILY

Eve Arnold

Eve Arnold

MARILYN MONROE

During the half-century that her career spanned, Eve Arnold did portraits of the most diverse personalities. By far and away the most famous is undoubtedly Marilyn Monroe. The two met each other early in the 1950s. As Arnold sketched the situation later: 'We were both at the beginning of our careers, and I believe that neither of us knew precisely what we were doing'. Like Monroe, Arnold, who in 1951 became the first woman to be nominated for membership in Magnum, was sharply aware of the effect that her being a woman had on the world around her. 'We could make use of it, or we could let it be'. That is one of the reasons why her photographs, for the most part made on or around the film set, are among the best ever made of Monroe. They do not show the 'sex object' but the personality, which generally remained out of the picture.

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  • MARILYN MONROE

    During the half-century that her career spanned, Eve Arnold did portraits of the most diverse personalities. By far and away the most famous is undoubtedly Marilyn Monroe. The two met each other early in the 1950s. As Arnold sketched the situation later: 'We were both at the beginning of our careers, and I believe that neither of us knew precisely what we were doing'. Like Monroe, Arnold, who in 1951 became the first woman to be nominated for membership in Magnum, was sharply aware of the effect that her being a woman had on the world around her. 'We could make use of it, or we could let it be'. That is one of the reasons why her photographs, for the most part made on or around the film set, are among the best ever made of Monroe. They do not show the 'sex object' but the personality, which generally remained out of the picture.

  • MARILYN MONROE

Carl De Keyzer

Carl de Keyzer

ZONA

'Reality is one great spectrum, you can do with it what you want', says Carl de Keyzer. Starting out as a street photographer searching for the one perfect composition, he now prefers to distil almost theatrical scenes from everyday reality. But his commitment remains the same: getting a handle on great social phenomena such as religion, politics and the news. During Noorderlicht he is showing photographs he made in Russian penal colonies. The colonies are part of the network of 'correctional work camps' that were known in the West as the Gulag. Previously used primarily for confining political dissidents, today the camps accommodate convicted criminals. De Keyzer (b. 1958) began the reportage three years ago when he arrived at 'Re-education colony number 27' in Krasnoyarsk as a workshop instructor. There he saw the cheerful ironwork of the gate, a small wooden windmill, colourful wall murals - all right up his alley.

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  • ZONA

    'Reality is one great spectrum, you can do with it what you want', says Carl de Keyzer. Starting out as a street photographer searching for the one perfect composition, he now prefers to distil almost theatrical scenes from everyday reality. But his commitment remains the same: getting a handle on great social phenomena such as religion, politics and the news.

    During Noorderlicht he is showing photographs he made in Russian penal colonies. The colonies are part of the network of 'correctional work camps' that were known in the West as the Gulag. Previously used primarily for confining political dissidents, today the camps accommodate convicted criminals.

    De Keyzer (b. 1958) began the reportage three years ago when he arrived at 'Re-education colony number 27' in Krasnoyarsk as a workshop instructor. There he saw the cheerful ironwork of the gate, a small wooden windmill, colourful wall murals - all right up his alley.

  • ZONA

Ed van der Elsken

Ed van der Elsken

LOVE ON THE LEFT BANK

Internationally Ed van der Elsken is one of the best known Dutch photographers. For almost forty years he recorded his encounters with people in a style that was just like him: direct and full of bravura. Wandering around in Paris, Hong Kong or Amsterdam, or travelling through Africa or Japan, his eye always fell on people who, just like himself, did not follow the beaten path. With that personal approach, given shape in over 20 photo books and dozens of television films, he inspired many young photographers. His first book, Love on the Left Bank, appeared in 1956 and made his name internationally. In the book he tells the story of his ramblings in Paris, where he lived for a number of years. He photographed everything he encountered there, and over a long period observed the life of a group of bohemians, idiosyncratic young people like the artist Vali Meyers. He arranged his photographs of them into a fictional love story, for which he himself wrote the texts. In cooperation with Jurriaan Schrofer he designed the book as a photographic novel, a revolutionary design at the time. Noorderlicht presents a selection from this pioneering publication as an ode to a photographer who lauded love and life.

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  • LOVE ON THE LEFT BANK

    Internationally Ed van der Elsken is one of the best known Dutch photographers. For almost forty years he recorded his encounters with people in a style that was just like him: direct and full of bravura. Wandering around in Paris, Hong Kong or Amsterdam, or travelling through Africa or Japan, his eye always fell on people who, just like himself, did not follow the beaten path. With that personal approach, given shape in over 20 photo books and dozens of television films, he inspired many young photographers.

    His first book, Love on the Left Bank, appeared in 1956 and made his name internationally. In the book he tells the story of his ramblings in Paris, where he lived for a number of years. He photographed everything he encountered there, and over a long period observed the life of a group of bohemians, idiosyncratic young people like the artist Vali Meyers. He arranged his photographs of them into a fictional love story, for which he himself wrote the texts. In cooperation with Jurriaan Schrofer he designed the book as a photographic novel, a revolutionary design at the time. Noorderlicht presents a selection from this pioneering publication as an ode to a photographer who lauded love and life.