Paul Bogaers

The Netherlands, Amsterdam galerie dudokdegroot

In his fascination with the use of found photography, Paul Bogaers (NL, 1961) can be considered one of the forerunners of today’s interest of photographers in found imagery. In his early works Bogaers has often combined his own photographs with amateur snapshots, newspaper clippings, postcards, pages torn from books and other found photographic sources. Association and suggestion play an important role in his combinations, in which he invites the viewer to discover new and surprising links.
To Bogaers, a photo is never an end, only a means. He often feels the need to extend his work, by placing it next to another image, turning it for a quarter or completely upside down, drawing or painting on it, and framing it in a particular and often uncommon way.
Bogaers’ most recent works are expanding into the three-dimensional domain, evolving more and more into assemblages and installations. In search for a more expressive power, Bogaers extends his photos with paper, cardboard, wood, metal, fibers, glass and found objects. To describe this type of work, Bogaers coined the term Extended Photography.