From the series, Moshi © Viviane Sassen, courtesy of Motive Gallery, Amsterdam.
Amsterdam-based photographer Viviane Sassen studied fashion design, but after an early collaboration with artist/photographer Martine Stig, began shooting her own work, quickly gaining the attention of cutting-edge stylists and art directors, such as David James, who commissioned her as a newcomer for a campaign for Miu Miu.
She’s now recognised as one of the most original new talents in fashion photography, and is regularly commissioned by the likes of Stella McCartney, Louis Vuitton and Pop magazine.
But it’s the more overtly idiosyncratic approach to her personal work that’s bringing her to wider attention and, in particular, the word-of-mouth created by last year’s book, Flamboya, published by Contrasto.
“Sassen spent her early days in Kenya as her father was a doctor there, and for the body of work, Flamboya, she has returned to Africa to shoot these photographs,” explains Parr. “Mainly portraits, both set up and natural, they are also interspersed with small observations of plants and roads. Her portraits are quite unique, as well as having strong graphics (interestingly, Sassen worked as a fashion photographer before). They are also quite unsettling in their accumulative effect, the direct shooting cutting through the normal way we read portraits of African subjects.”
Born in the Netherlands in 1941, Wout Berger is one of the more established names in Parr’s exhibition, with more than a dozen books to his name, and more than 50 exhibitions (although only three of these were in the UK).
“Berger has been shooting for many years, but his new project is a most refreshing take on landscape,” says Parr. “Entitled Like Birds, various images are arranged together to create a weird tapestry of shape and form. The combination of rather flat images, almost scientific in their approach, exerts a strange and surreal tableau, when seen together.”
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