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  • The gaze of the outsider | Bas Heijne

    Distance and engagement – in Hans Wilschut’s photographs, these emotions cease to be each other’s opposites. Time and again, he seems to step back, deliberately removing himself from the scene, precisely in order to come closer, to pierce to the core, to see even more acutely. He avoids our gaze, emphatically refusing to take our [...]

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  • The Miami Series Hans Wilschut | Edo Dijksterhuis

    New York and San Francisco might compete over the title of ‘most filmed city in the world’, for lovers of television series, Miami is the most recognisable city in the United States. In CSI Miami, Horatio Caine and his forensic team whizz over 8-lane highways from bloody crime scene to dreary suburb. Mass-murderer Dexter clarifies [...]

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  • Futuristic station in space | Xandra de Jongh

    For those who are not aware of the current trends in contemporary photography, there are basically only two themes of which you should know: vulnerable adolescent girls and urban landscapes. These are the two most dominant topics in all of the art photography you see today.In order to broaden your knowledge, it is helpful to [...]

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  • Reconstruction of a memory | Piet de Jonge

    ‘Let’s see where those shoes are at …’ Hans Wilschut sits in front of the big screen of his Apple computer. He shows a photograph of an apartment building in Johannesburg. It is a picture he shot after dusk. The lights are on in almost every apartment. Because of the division of the windows and [...]

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  • Eyes wide shut | Xandra de Jongh

    Crazy metropolis, festering newly built edifices, non-descript building sites, endless fly-overs; the roller coaster of the world wide urban growth offers a tireless perspective for contemporary art photography. With the urban scenery in front of the camera lens, the sky is the limit, literally. Documentary photography barely plays a role in this embrace. The fascination [...]

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  • Harbour Secrets | Piet de Jonge

    I am standing high above the water on the narrow footbridge of a crane. The blue railing could obviously use a coat of paint. There’s a bit of rubbish on the bridge but I am looking straight ahead, to the other side of the water. Night has just fallen and the lights in the harbour [...]

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  • From clock time to internal time | David Stroband

    For Hans Wilschut looking is a critical undertaking. He cannot be simply labelled an observer. He focuses on those elements that guide how we view the world. For many years now, light, colour and shadow have been the basis for his ‘photoworks’. These are not ordinary photographs; they are sculpted photos, ‘photoworks’. Still today, photography [...]

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