Franck studied art history at the University of Madrid and at the Ecole du Louvre in Paris. In 1963, Franck became an assistant to photographers Eliot Elisofon and Gjon Mili at Time-Life in Paris. By 1996 she was a busy freelance photographer for magazines such as Vogue, Life and Sports Illustrated, and the official photographer of the Théâtre du Soleil (a position she held for 48 years). From 1970 to 1971 she worked in Paris at the photo agency Vu, and in 1972 she co-founded the photo agency Viva. In 1980, Franck joined the famous Magnum cooperative photo agency as a “nominee”, and in 1983 she became a full member. She was one of a very small number of women to be accepted into the agency. In 1983, she completed a project for the now-defunct French Ministry of Women’s Rights and in 1985 she began collaborating with the non-profit International Federation of Little Brothers of the Poor. In 1993, she first traveled to the Irish island of Tory where she documented the tiny Gaelic community living there. She has also traveled to Tibet and Nepal, and with the help of Marilyn Silverstone photographed the education system of the Tibetan Tulkus monks. In 2003 and 2004 she returned to Paris to document the work of theater director Robert Wilson who was staging La Fontaine’s fables at the Comédie Française. Nine books of Franck’s photographs have been published, and in 2005 Franck was made a chevalier of the French Légion d’Honneur.
Sarah Lowie studied Photography, screenprinting and engraving at 75 in Brussels, Belgium and during her last year she SIXMILLE. In June 2016, she exhibited for the first time SIXMILLE in Contretype. The work has also been showed in “Boutographies” in Montpellie
Coming from a tradition of reportage linked intimately with the press, he began his personal work with ensembles devoted to the “Concours belges” and immigrants to his country. Since he began looking through his Leica’s viewfinder, he has created pure and elegant photographs marked by a constant sense of humour. This balance has allowed him to adopt a fair and playful distance from what is going on before his eyes. His resulting compositions are arranged with a steady eye while managing to transform real life moments into often mysterious images without reverting to the anecdotal.
Although he often provokes a smile, this initial reaction turns instantly to a series of questions on the nature of what he is showing us. His effective use of reflections is especially troubling in this regard. In this sense – or the absence of sense – he acknowledges the attitudes or situations of his subjects. Home
Vincent de Wilde has developed a passion for photography since his teenage years. He studied at the Brussels Photography School while being a barrister. In 1995, he headed to Africa where he worked in the areas of justice, rule of law and human rights: 6 years in Rwanda right after the genocide, 3 years in Cameroon (in the prisons) and 2 years during the war in Côte d’Ivoire. Since March of 2007, he has been living in Phnom Penh, Cambodia where he works as an international prosecutor at the Tribunal competent to try the crimes committed by the Khmer Rouge leaders and most responsible in 1975-1979. During the last 11 years, he is a privileged witness to the quick and drastic transformations of the country and of Phnom Penh in particular. He enjoys black and white street photography and tries to capture all the details that bring a society to life. He aims to show the beauty, humanity and emotions of the people met randomly in the city streets through the lens of their own daily life. He likes to play with contrasts to denounce glaring social inequalities. He aims to capture moments of spontaneity, peculiarity and humour. Apart from street photography, he also focuses on the work activities of fishermen, construction workers, salt workers and brick makers. His artwork was recently shown in 5 distinct events in Phnom Penh and Brussels: “The Three Lives of Boeng Kak” (collective exhibition) at the Bophana Cultural Centre in 2015; “Between Salt and Earth” and “Supervivere: Cambodia Today”, a large twofold exhibition at the Governor’s House (2015-2017), Phnom Penh (and also in Brussels in July 2016); and “In the Endless Jungle of Phnom Penh” (collective exhibition) at the Cloud Bar in Phnom Penh (2017). His next major exhibition is scheduled in June 2020 at the Institut Français du Cambodge in Phnom Penh
Born in Antwerp in 1941 and a member of Magnum Photos since 1982, Harry Gruyaertrevolutionized creative and experimental uses of color in the 1970s and 1980s. Influenced by cinema and American photographers, his work defined new territory for color photography: an emotive, non-narrative, and boldly graphic way of perceiving the world.
In 1972, while living in London, Gruyaert created the striking series TV Shots by turning the dial on a television set at random and photographing the distorted images he saw there. A later series, Made in Belgium, portrays his ambivalent relationship with his homeland in a palette of saturated tones. In his most recent work, he embraces the possibilities of digital photography, taking further creative risks to capture light in new ways.
Gruyaert’s images are autonomous, often independent of any context or thematic logic. This volume, the first retrospective of his work, is a superb overview of his personal quest for freedom of expression and the liberation of the senses.
Alexandre Christiaens was born in Brussels in 1962
He lives and works in the village of Dave, near Namur in Belgium.
He has a number of photographic journeys (including in Greece, India, Brazil and China) and residences to his name. He has led a number of black-and-white photography workshops and his work exhibited in solo and group exhibitions both in Belgium and abroad.
Since 1999, his photographs have been on display in a number of public collections, such as in the General Service for Cultural Heritage of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, the Regional Photography Centre in the region of Nord-Pas-de-Calais, the Charleroi Photography Musuem, the Richelieu-Louvois Library (National Library of France), the Hasselt Cultural Centre, the Space Collection, and In Cité Mondi in Liège, to name but a few.
The leading Belgian Fine Art photographer Frank De Mulder is a celebrated personality within the international photo scene. He has worked for large advertising campaigns and well-known magazines, including Playboy, FHM, GQ, Maxim and Elle.
De Mulder’s most intriguing work, however, are the intimate impressions of female emotions and beauty. De Mulder released 5 books with the renowned publishing group teNeues: SENSES (2007), PURE (2010), GLORIOUS (2013), HEAVEN (2015) and TRIBUTE (2017).
The images are never provocative, but they tend to balance on the edge of what is forbidden. That balance is what makes the photographs so powerful and interesting. De Mulder shows us the delicate sensual world of women—from fragile and emotional to flamboyant and erotic—always at the highest level of beauty.
Frank De Mulder was born 22 August 1963 in Ghent, Belgium. Already as a young boy he was fascinated by image, light and beauty. He got his first camera from his father at the age of 12. At 17 he started to copy the pictures of David Hamilton, invested all his pocket money in photo equipment and learned by books the world of light and photography. He studied film direction at RITS in Brussels and continued his studies in Ghent at the Royal Art Academy, where he graduated cum laude. Frank did his army service in the cinematography division where he made several “war movies” for military trainings.
He started his career as cameraman and director of photography in several short movies and commercials. At the age of 29 he decided photography was his real passion. Since then, he worked his way up to become a worldwide celebrated photographer, represented by teNeues Publishers. At his side there is always Michèle van Damme, his associate. “It takes two to tango”. Michèle is responsible for art direction and digital postproduction. Together they built in total 3 studios, the third one in Merelbeke near Ghent.
The Belgian Alain Daussin, who was born in Brussels, was introduced to the world of picture by a comic strip drawer (Maurice Tillieux) and started photography studies in 1977 in a school of the City of Brussels. After three years, he entered the labour market. But he was soon discovered by the “Photo” magazine (France), and his pictures were published under the heading ‘young talent’. From that time on, he worked for lots of magazines and advertising campaigns. He specialized in female photography. In 1983, his career was launched: some of his pictures were spread in the whole world through the publishing of black and white art posters and postcards (Catch publishing, Verkerke, Art Unlimited). In 1985, he received the Eurobest Award of advertising for his picture in the Belgian campaign » Le soir, les hommes accouchent « . Although he was more famous for his black and white pictures, he did not abandon the colour pictures. Since the middle of the eighties, he has collaborated on a regular basis with magazines such as « Photo », « Max », « Telerama », « Zoom » in France or « Elle », « Knacht », « Donna », « Per lui » in Italy, « Stern » in Germany, for « Amateur Photographer’s » in London … He had an exhibition in London in the Portfolio Gallery within the framework of the festival of contemporary art as well as in Rome and Milan in 1990 within the framework of an exhibition that was organized by Lancôme, called « Imagine Donna, La femme de 1940 à nos jours ». In 2000, he exhibited at the Bortier gallery in Brussels a work called « Corps et Eau ». He joined the « Getty images » group in 1997. Alain Daussin Works for advertising (Bultex, Renault (Award), Vedior, Mac- Leans, Le Soir) and collaborates with the biggest European magazines. He also had an exhibition in Brussels in Gallery « Espace Blanche » in 2007. In 2014 his work was exhibited in Genève in the gallery « Krisal » and in Saint Tropez (France). His work his regularly sold in contemporary art fairs such as the « Art Hamptons » fine art fair in US, Cornette de saint Cyr in Belgium or Drouot in France. Online magazines (ND Magazine, Fineartnude, Monovisions) specialized in photography regularly publish his images. Today, Alain Daussin lives in Brussels and keeps collaborating for with Getty images, magazines and fine art market.
I’m a young belgian photographer. In a few words, I just love telling stories in squares. Mood is very precious in my pictures. I took my pictures with a Fuji x100, an holga and sometimes with my phone. Winner of Ilford B&W award in 2013, I was also published in several photo magazines.
Photographer Eddy Van Gestel lives and works in Belgium and Africa. He gained international fame through his coffee table books “A Continent in the Picture”, “To the Rhythm of the Sun”, “Africa XL”, “Terra Africana” and “African Queen”.
Over the years his style has become more serene and restrained, stripped of any excess, complex perspectives and difficult angles. The portraits he is shooting have one thing in common: they draw their graphic strength from their simplicity. To him photography is a quest for a magical and mysterious world, where there’s a very fine line between reality and impression. This is certainly true for this collection of photographs, which highlights the unsurpassed beauty of African women.
Goldo (aka Dominique Houcmant) and his camera are one and the same. If one sees the first, the second is generally not far distant: around his neck, in his hand, lying on a bar or at the end of a table. Appearances can be misleading however: one never actually sees Goldo, he sees everything first. He has got a natural talent in anticipating fragile images: a reflection of light on an arm, a shadow on a wall, a face behind a glass of beer, a light bird on the dark tarmac.
Goldo is an eye moving stealthily in a fast progressing world. His snapshots stop time. For a smile, a glance or a gesture, color gives way to black and white and the continuous showdown between light and dark. Anyhow, he catches our hectic world: drunken nights, concerts, factories and boats, actors, lonely girls sitting at a table, worn-out hands or smoking cigarettes….
Goldo is picture compulsive. Not only does he take pictures but he publishes them on the web, he comments them, classifies them, adds soundtracks to them, discusses about links and comments, he is weaving an image web on the networks network.
Behind the frenzy and the feeling of emergency, the essence survives: the images coming out from Dominique Houcmant’s camera don’t show the world as it is but as it should be in Goldo’s eye: dark, disconcerting, highly-strung and almost always stirring. A touching and human world made of little moments lasting for eternity. (Nicolas Ancion)
The Belgian photographer joined the pictorialist movement with his images of landscapes resembling paintings. Working on light and grey monochromes, Leonard Misone’s images diffused foggy and yet luminous atmospheres highlighted by dramatic skies. There is something very tender and timeless within his photographs that, with their poetry and sensibility, also evoke Humanism and Jacques-Henri Lartigue’s easy living. With Leonard Misonne, the difference is that where easy living had to do with an elegant jet-set within Jacques-Henri Lartigue’s work, it has more to do with serene rural scenes.
Martine Franck (April 2, 1938 – August 16, 2012) was a well-known Belgian documentary and portrait photographer, and the second wife of Henri Cartier-Bresson. A member of Magnum Photos for over 32 years, Franck was also co-founder and president of the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation.
Maroesjka Lavigne (b.1989, Belgium) gained her Masters in Photography at Ghent University in the summer of 2012. Her work has been shown internationally at the Foam Talent exhibition in Amsterdam, The Robert Mann Gallery in New York, Galerie Hug in Paris and Museum Saint Guislain in Gent, Belgium, among others. She self-published a book called ‘ísland’ in 2012 that sold out. In 2014 she published a postcard version of this book. In 2015 she made a commissioned work ‘Not seeing is a Flower’ in collaboration with the Flanders centre in Osaka. This was published in the catalog called Facing Japan. Her latest project ‘Land of Nothingness’ is made in Namibia and exhibited in the Robert Mann Gallery in New York.
She was selected for the Talent Call at Fotomuseum Amsterdam (FOAM) Netherlands 2012 and was the winner of the Emerging Talent competition of Lensculture in 2014 with the series ‘You are More than beautiful‘. In 2015 she won the Harry Penningsprijs in Eindhoven,Netherlands. She is currently living and working in Ghent, Belgium.
Sonck studiedphotography at the Narafi in Brussels, Belgium and is one of the first generation of photographers who received formal training lifts.
Besides his professional activities (until recently he was a photographer at the Culture Department of the Province of Antwerp), he devoted himself since themid-1970s on personal projects. He makes penetrating street and studio portraits of prominent figures from all walks of life. In his pictures he goes in search of archetypes. Classical portraits in the style of DianeArbus. Without judging JacquesSonck confronts the viewer with charming and disgusting individuals: loners, eccentrics, drop-outs and deformed.Soncks refined black-white images contain a surprising, often anachronistic aesthetics with remarkable documentary character. Diversity in all its shapes within the human species is depicted in an understated way, without melancholy, compassion or the intent to ridicule.In 2005 his photographs exhibited in the group show ‘13 women and a dog – Photographic Intimicy’ at Bozar in Brussels, Belgium
In 2011 a selection of his work is included in the group show ‘Insight’ at Fotomuseum in Antwerp, Belgium. He also appears in the group show ‘In the Margin’ at the Museum Dr. Guislain in Ghent, Belgium.
During his career he received the following awards: in 1980, the Laureate of the Prize of Photography of the Province of Antwerp, in 1984, Special mention for the price Photographie Ouverte, Charleroi and 1992 Nomination for the ICI Photography Awards 1992.
Frederik Heyman, 1984, Belgium, has both a masters degree in photography aswell as in graphic and illustration design. This is very clear when looking at his photographic works. He combines illustration and graphic design in his photography. He creates new worlds that look impossible, but he doesn’t hide the way it’s done. His pictures are like little fairy tales. The following photographs are from various personal and editorial projects.
Born in Belgium in 1977, trained journalist Cédric Gerbehaye chose photography as his way of recounting the world.
He has been member of Agence VU since 2007.
2002 saw the beginning of his continued interest in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as he tried to analyze the disappointment and revolt provoked by the failure of the Oslo Accords. He went on to do more reporting in Hebron and Gaza, then focused on the rampant economic and social crisis in Israel, before taking up the Kurdish question in Turkey and Iraq.
In 2006 he was awarded two distinctions in the Prix Photographie ouverte from Charleroi Photography Museum. A year later his work “Gaza : summer rains” received special acclaim in the Bayeux-Calvados Award for war correspondents.
For Cédric Gerbehaye, the act of photography is a way of seeking out not only the complexity of differing realities, providing evidence of them, and trying to understand them, but also of getting closer to others while informing, with a subjectivity he readily assumes.
Cedric Gerbehaye first important body of work; “Congo in Limbo”, is the result of several journeys to the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he has been going regularly since 2007. This work, which was published in a book (Le Bec en L’Air, 2010) and showed in many exhibitions, has earned him seven international distinctions, including a World Press Photo Award, The Amnesty International Media Award and the Olivier Rebbot Award from the Overseas Press Club of America. Shortly after, he decided to work on South Sudan and his series “Land of Cush” was awarded the Prix SCAM Roger Pic in 2012.
Since 2012 Cédric began a work about his native country, Belgium. The first chapter of this story has already been exposed to the Festival of St Brieuc, the sequel is in progress.