Hans de Kort (NL-1963) Photographs in the ‘wet plate collodion’ technique. This classic method where a unique image is made on glass or metal already existed in van Gogh’s childhood. De Kort has therefore visited the places from Vincent’s youth with a wooden bellows camera captured images of the headstone of his stillborn brother, the flower tree in the garden of the birthplace and sunflowers from the vegetable garden at the Protestant Church. In addition, he composed still lifes in his studio following van Gogh’s paintings of two worker’s shoes, a stuffed bat and the head of a skeleton with burning cigarette. Because Vincent himself had an aversion to the colorless photography, the short series titled ‘No Photos from Van Gogh’ has been released. For the occasion, he offers signed saltprints in a limited edition.
Karin Borghouts (BE-1959) was fascinated by Van Gogh after photographing a reproduction of a painting of him in the burnt house of her parents. This was the beginning of a long journey in the footsteps of van Gogh. Of course, he started in his birth place Zundert, where she not only captured the church and landscapes, but also made an extensive photo series of the house of Vincent Godmothers that is being demolished. Her Wanderings further brought her into the Borinage, Nuenen, Paris, Arles, Saint-Rémy-de Provence and Auvers-Sur-Oise. The images of these locations filled them with photographic interpretations of his still lifes and are bundled in the publication ‘Vincent was here’. This book, which is a great sequel to the previous publications of Emmy Andriesse (1953) and Paul Huf (1990), is a work of art in itself. During the exhibition, a special edition will be offered with a signed print of Borghouts.
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On the longlist for the Rabo Photographic Portrait Prize 2019: Saskia IV © Hans de Kort, July 2018 Hans de Kort (1963), a pioneer in digital photography, rediscovered wet plate photography. Averted from the ever perfect, manipulated digital photo, he returns to the old craft. Every plate is unique. The wet plate technique is a logical continuation of his love for the polaroid, coupled with the knowledge gained at the Royal Academy of Visual Arts in The Hague and 30 years of experience as a versatile photographer. About the photo: ‘Portrait of my wife Saskia. In 2003, Saskia was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent breast amputation, chemotherapy, radiation and hormone therapy and later on a deep flap breast reconstruction, with tissue from her abdominal wall. Early 2018, 15 years later, metastases were found in her abdomen. There is no cure yet, but hormone therapy does a good job. We celebrate life and thereby I photograph her on immediately ready positive-negative flat film.’