Hans de Kort (NL, 1963), frontrunner in digital photography, rediscoverer of wet plate-photography. Being averted to the perfect, manipulated digital photography he returns to the old craftsmanship. Each plate is truly unique.

He gets passionate by the beauty of imperfection. The manual process - the long exposure time, the development in the darkroom -, the composition and the art of omission require technique, concentration and creativity. The choice of his projects and all the people portrayed who are photographed without any finery, shine with their shortcomings and accentuate the love for imperfection. All frills are taboo. This way his impressive portraits and studies communicate directly with the audience.

His first introduction to photography as a 4-year-old in the darkroom was the beginning of a lifelong fascination for the art form ‘painting with light’. The wet plate-technique is a logical continuation of his love for the polaroid photography which emerged during his education. The results are his timeless collodion series. Every plate with an authentic signature.

 

 

Group Exhibitions

Jun 29 - Jul 27 2018
Vereeuwigd
Grote Kerk — Naarden
Netherlands

Apr 28 -  Jun 20 2018
Vereeuwigd
Domkerk — Utrecht
Netherlands

Mar 9 - Apr 25 2018
Vereeuwigd
Natlab — Eindhoven
Netherlands

Feb 5 - Feb 12 2017
Rotterdam Photo 2017
Deliplein — Rotterdam
Netherlands

Oct 9 - Dec 31 2015
Voor de lens: films en fotografische kunstenaarsportretten (1925-2015)
RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History
Prins Willem Alexanderhof 5 — The Hague

Jan 24 - Mar 8 2015
Zilveren Camera
The Hague Museum of Photography
Stadhouderslaan 43 — The Hague

Apr 5 - Aug 28 2011
HIPSTAMATIC!
Kunsthal Rotterdam
Westzeedijk 341 — Rotterdam

Awards

2014
Nomination Dutch National Portrait Prize

2017
Second round Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

 

Public Collections

2016
Portrait Hellen van Meene with Ringo, Gemeente Museum The Hague

 

Education

2018
workshop by Paolo Roversi at Les Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles

2016
advanced workshop wet collodion negatives/saltprints by Jeroen de Wijs at Fotomuseum Antwerp

2015
advanced workshop wet collodium ambrotype/ferrotype by Jeroen de Wijs at Fotomuseum Antwerp

2015
workshop wet plate collodion by Luther Gerlach, Amsterdam

1982-1986
photography at the Royal Academy of Art The Hague