ddk.#2 BRUSSELS - BOZAR - 23.06.2016


© Bieke Depoorter

On February 28th, the fifth edition of De Donkere Kamer took place at Bourla (Toneelhuis) in the heart of Antwerp. 


Additionally, journalist Anna Luyten en presenter Frank Raes moderated the evening and talked with Magnum-photographer Michael Christopher Brown, known for his work in the Congo and Cuba.


Magnum photographer Bieke Depoorter, Dutch 'Fotograaf des Vaderlands' Robin de Puy and  an initiator of the Borealis project Jeroen Toirkens were all present and discussed their projects. Eric Rinckhout presented the newly opened Jeroen Toirkens exhibition at Het Stedelijke in Amsterdam. Stijn Meuris treated us to a spoken column inspired by a photograph of Kim Jong-un.


The pitchers were Sjoerd Houben, Flor Maesen and Dieter Daemen. The overal winner of the evening was Flor Maesen. 


Michael Christopher Brown:


Born in Washington State (USA), Michael Christopher Brown learned about photography from his father at 13. They had a dark room and used the surrounding valley surrounding  as inspiration. After an unfortunate ski accident he became estranged from his friends and turned to photography as therapy. He graduated from Western Washington University with a BA in psychology and a minor in Studio Art. After completing graduate school from Ohio University, he worked as an intern and then started his career at the National Geographic Magazine. In 2006 he moved to New York. As of 2015 he became an associate member of Magnum photography.  


Bieke Depoorter:


Belgian photographer Bieke Depoorter studied in Gent at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. At 25 years old she was the youngest photographer to be nominated for Magnum photography. This DDK, Depoorter discussed her movie "Dvalemodus." The movie was created in 3 weeks in Skaland, in the north of Norway. In cooperation with Mattias De Craene, she photographed the town inspired by her own daily life. The movies focuses on portraits of nature and discusses how locals live in a constant state of darkness. 


Robin de Puy:


Robin de Puy, born in 1986 in the Netherlands, was first introduced to photography as a means of dealing with her anxiety. In 2015, de Puy traveled across the United States on a Harley Davidson capturing everything and everyone who stood out to her. The New York Times described her work as “an opus that sets her apart from the masses. Her American road trip spanned 8,000 miles on a motorcycle, but you’ll rarely see pictures of stunning landscapes in her work. Instead, the Dutch photographer chose to focus on the people she met – sharing personal experiences that many photographers would shun." 


Ed van der Elsken:

This DDK, Eric Rinckhout talked about the largest overview of the photographic and filmic work of Dutch photographer Ed van der Elsken at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. A unique figure, Van der Elsken was renowned as a street photographer, and is recognised as the most important Dutch photographer of the 20th century. He roamed cities like Paris, Amsterdam, Hong Kong and Tokyo seeking out colourful personalities, head-turning young women and wayward youth. In his work, he developed a bold, unconventional and personal style and always wanted to connect with people he photographed.

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© Eli Verheyen