ddk.#2 BRUSSELS - BOZAR - 23.06.2016


© Harry Gruyaert

The third edition of De Donkere Kamer was hosted by Museum Dr. Guislain in Ghent on November 14th 2016.


Founder of PhotoQ, Edie Peters moderated the evening with journalist Anna Luyten. American Marshall Kappel, renowned sports culture photographer was present. Other guest speakers of the evening included Belgian Magnum photographer Harry Gruyaert who presented a documentary on his extraordinary work. In addition, Catalina Martin-Chico of France presented her impressive series  on Iranian nomads and Karoly Effenberger (NL), winner of the Nikon Press Award Portret 2015, discussed his work 'Alone'. Singer, author and philosopher Stijn Meuris treated the audience to one of his expressive spoken word performances. 

The pitchers were Jeroen De Wandel, Katlijn Blanchaert and Nathalie Vissers. The overal winner of the evening was Katlijn Blanchaert. 


Marshall Kappel:


Marshall Kappel is an American photographer and creative director based in Paris and NYC. For this DDK, Kappel entertained us with his series on cycling in the Tour de France. Kappel was thus also named Cycling Photographer of the Year. This type of work is not unknown to Kappel as he's been a regular at photographing the tour and other cycling events. 


Harry Gruyaert: 


Belgian photographer Gruyaert studied at the School for Photo and Cinema in Brussels from 1959 to 1962. Far from indulging in stereotypical exoticism, Gruyaert has a vision of faraway countries that locates the viewer within peculiar and somewhat impenetrable atmospheres. This falls in line with what we were introduced to in this DDK: the Tour de France in 1982. The raw images show the struggle the cyclists go through to reach their goals.


Catalina Martin-Chico:


French and Spanish photographer Catalina Martin- Chico studied at the International Center of Photography in New York. For approximately eight years, Chico documented Yemen and The Middle East. Not straying away from this, this DDK, she discussed her work on Iranian nomads. The nomads have been forced to adapt their ways to fit government ruling and modernity. Not all nomads are happy with their lives as young girls say they would rather live in the city and receive an education. 


Karoly Effenberger:


At the moment, Karoly Effenberger is a freelance photographer working for newspapers such as “De Morgen” in Belgium and various others in the Netherlands. Effenberger also works on several personal long term documentary projects such as “Alone,” a story on loneliness in a rich western European country