TV Special on Photography & Collecting
17 July 2012 In Sight Collecting Photographs
In Sight, collecting photographs is a television series about the collecting of and the passion for photography. Portrait, landscape and still life photography: Art photography is rich, diverse and is becoming increasingly popular. Even the collecting of photography has become more popular. In this special, Kunstuur looks at the makers and collectors of photography.
A new series about photography and collecting aired on Dutch television in the months April and May of 2012. The four-part series, In Sight, collecting photographs, was produced by AVRO Kunstuur, a weekly program that highlights the latest in architecture, contemporary art and design. On Saturday 14 July 2012, a 45-min photography special aired on TV (featured above). This special features prominent figures on the contemporary photography stage including Foam's Deputy director Artistic Affairs Marcel Feil, London-Beijing based collaboration of WassinkLundgren (read our interview with the photographers), gallery owner and collector Willem van Zoetendaal, young collector Wouter van Eijkel, Dutch photography-visual art duo Scheltens&Abbenes, up-and-coming talents Misha de Ridder and Bas Princen and art collector Reyn van der Lugt.
Featured above is a behind the scenes photograph of Dutch landscape photographer Misha de Ridder in the Thomaskerk in Amsterdam Zuid during the filming of the series. An unusual pairing of a contemporary photographer and a 1960s church of the modernist architectural stream, Brutalism. "Raw, cool and surprising," says Misha de Ridder of the church, "it is not what you expect." The church interior references nature - the rolling desert hills in the ceiling architecture, for example. It is an "unreal reality that fits well with my work of landscape photography," says de Ridder.
The work that hangs in the Thomaskerk is the large (180x230cm) photograph Rietturli (2009). From far, the photograph looks like an abstract painting reminiscent of the symbolist landscapes in the recent Van Gogh Museum exhibition Dreams of Nature. But all of de Ridder's works are unedited, non-manipulated photographs. The mere size of the photograph invites us to step into the landscape, "into another world," and the high-resolution allows us to see every tree trunk, every branch, every tiny detail. "Because of photography, the reality exists," says de Ridder.
Watch the episode above for more about Misha de Ridder and other featured photographers, collectors and gallery owners.