The Dutch photography duo WassinkLundgren, a collaboration of London-based Thijs Groot Wassink (1981) and Beijing-based Ruben Lundgren (1983), was asked to photograph collectors with a photograph from his/her personal collection. The series of portraits was featured in a mini-magazine of Unseen that was featured in the July issue of the international design magazine, Wallpaper* (read our interview with Wallpaper* magazine Editor-in-Chief, Tony Chambers). The first collector of the series is London-based collector Anthony James Berowne.
In a short interview, London-based collector Anthony James Berowne, shared one of his experiences of buying a photograph. "I first saw this work from a distance as I walked down the corridors at Frieze Art Fair [in October 2009]," said Berowne of the photograph by American photographer Jack Pierson (1960). "It was hanging on the back wall of Jack Hanley [Gallery]’s stand and it was so mesmerizing. I simply had to go in." The photograph was a portrait of American actress, musician and cabaret performer Alexis Arquette (formerly Robert Arquette; 1969), but this awareness "only came later." After a second viewing, Berowne concluded, "Well, quite simply put, the charisma was still there."
Stay tuned for the next collector in the series of collector portraits by photography duo WassinkLundgren. We recently interviewed the duo, who will be represented by Van Zoetendaal Collections at Unseen Photo Fair, about their collaboration, work process and thoughts on collecting photography. Want to know more about collecting? Tips, interviews and features can be found here.