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Photo Album: Photo Series 1996-2001 Bk.1,by Ruud van Empel

Photo Album: Photo Series 1996-2001 Bk.1

Ruud van Empel

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The subjects of these photographs, whether they are perfect scantily-clad women confronting the viewer with an unflinching gaze, or businessmen and women surrounded by and yet alienated from the trapping of their success, are all individuals isolated or adrift within their immediate environments.
 
When I first saw the portraits by Dutch photographer Ruud van Empel in their real size at Leica Gallery Prague, I recollected the time when I was little and my mother dressed me in my nicest dress and took me to the photographer from time to time. Wearing beautiful dresses and looking directly at the camera, many of the children in Empel's portraits give the impression of such "official" photographs taken for a family album. The only exception is that the children are not standing in a photo studio surrounded by the same borrowed toys, but they are in a forest, surrounded by nature, holding a flower or maybe a squirrel in their hands. At a second look, however, you can feel there's something strange about the photos, although you do not know what. After a more thorough examination, you will notice some small details, like that their faces are unnaturally smooth and that one of the little girls does not have eyebrows at all… What a trained eye may also find disturbing in some of the children is the unnatural reflections of studio flashes in their eyes, which makes the kids seem as if they had been crying.
Titel Photo Album: Photo Series 1996-2001 Bk.1
Author Ruud van Empel
Signed No
ISBN 9072007948
Language English
Dimensions (cm hxb) 24x17
Book condition As new
Cover condition No
Condition description As new
Binding Hardcover without dustjacket (as issued)
Edition First edition
Pages 64
Publisher BIS Publishers B.V
Publishing date 2001
Publishing place Amsterdam
Number published No
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