November 2 - December 7, 2019

Pierre Segers

Looking for lost time

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November 2 - December 7,  2019 | Pennings Foundation

Opening Saturday, November 2 at 5.00 pm.

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Pierre Segers (1935-2016) - Looking for lost time


This photographer cannot be found on the internet, nor in overviews of Dutch photography. Only in a few publications from the seventies can you still come across his work. He grew up in a small Limburg village near the border where he continued to live his entire life. In this closed community, his fellow villagers usually did not get much farther from home than family visits in the immediate vicinity, but that did not apply to the photographer Pierre Segers.

He made his most important work in the seventies and eighties, times of great contradictions in Europe. On the one hand the Europe with communism and dictatorships and on the other hand the Europe where in countries like the Netherlands and France the sexual revolution, the secularization, democratization and emancipation of women caused major changes.

In the early 1970s, Pierre Segers often traveled with his ‘deux chevaux’ through Romania, behind the ‘Iron Curtain’, to photograph villagers, farm workers and gypsies. It was before the time that dictator Ceauşescu wanted to demolish eight thousand villages.


In remote areas in France, Pierre Segers photographed people in sleepy villages, as well as in Spain where dictator Franco ruled hard. And there, behind closed doors, people entrusted the photographer that they had an aversion to ‘El generalísimo’ and to the Catholic Church.

The sexual revolution, including the groundbreaking, explicitly erotic work of a photographer like Robert Mapplethorpe, also encouraged Pierre Segers to take bold photographs of male nude, partly on the popular and special Polaroid SX70 material at the time.

The photographic legacy that Pierre Segers left behind is too special to be forgotten. That is why there is now an exhibition with vintage prints and a book of his work that does justice to his photographic legacy. As a homage to him, befriended photographers have published a book and made a short film (15 minutes).

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