November 2 - December 7, 2019

International group exhibition

SLOW PHOTOGRAPHY

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November 2 - December 7,  2019 | Pennings Foundation

 

Opening: Saturday 2 November at 17:00 by Edwin Jacobs. Edwin Jacobs was director of the Centraal Museum in Utrecht and Dortmunter U, among others. From 1 September this year he is the new director of the visual arts courses at Zuyd Hogeschool.

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Slow Photography evokes a feeling of Zen, of Kairos, of slowing down. 

Maurice Brandts, curator of the exhibition, explains that Slow Photography is the result of time and attention that the photographer devotes to the creative process and the subject. Slow Photography is primarily an attitude, a response to the fast digital photography nowadays. At Slow Photography, the photographers prefer a slow working method in the process to realize their images. The photographers work with slow (read: elaborate), old analogue techniques and with digital techniques as well.

 

The Slow Photography group exhibition shows how old analogue techniques can be re-applied in various ways. But the exhibition also shows that a slow method of photographing, analog or digital, leads to a process of slowing down, deepening and becoming aware.

 

The photographers participating in the exhibition are from the Netherlands, Belgium and Spain. In addition to Maurice Brandts (NL) these are Eugene Daams (NL), Koen Verjans (NL), Manolo Laguillo (S), Martí Llorens (S) and Hilde Braet (B).

 

About the participants:
 
Maurice Brandts (1962) opts for a slow method with a technical camera to make his portraits. He prints the negatives as platinum prints, a technique he chooses because of the many gradations between black and white. The intensive contact with the model and the laborious creation process leads to a deepening of the portraits, a delay in time.

Eugene Daams (1962) returned to the pure craft to slow down. “In addition to working as a photographer, which is often under great time pressure, I like to fall back in what I call ‘slow photography’. It gives me the opportunity to return to pure craftsmanship and thus becomes a moment of rest.” He immersed himself in the cyanotype. "The moment of rest is not only when developing and making the print, but also when taking the pictures." He shows a series of harbor scenes.

Koen Verjans (1970) uses digital image editing to make photo montages of up to eight shots of illuminated signs from the same place, with different exposure times. He wants to focus on what advertising in light boxes does with us.

The Spanish photographers Martí Llorens and Manolo Laguillo have cityscapes as their subject. Martí Llorens (1962) shows photographs he made with a large-format pinhole camera in Barcelona between 1987 and 1989, of buildings that were demolished to allow the construction of the stadium and sports complexes for the 1992 Olympic Games.

With his city views, Manolo Laguillo (1953) shows subtile transformations that point to major urban developments in the future. 

All exhibitors are busy raising awareness on their own grounds, including Hilde Braet (1957) with her portraits. She uses the medium of photography as a form of therapy for people with a traumatic experience. The time she spends in portraying is mainly devoted to talking before taking the photo. That process is needed for awareness, with the final goal of making people more resilient. A special feature of her method is that at the end she lets the model determine the moment of recording by having the model press on the self-timer.

 

Also on show from November 2 to December 7 at Pennings Foundation: the exhibition ‘Pierre Segers (1935-2016). Looking for lost time ’. This exhibition fits in nicely with the Slow Photograpy exhibition: Pierre Segers used a slow, patient, involved and secure way of working with analogue techniques.

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