On the second day of the trip to Amsterdam we visited the Foam Photography Museum.
What a brilliant space for an exhibition and a lot of amazing work to view. Astonishing documentary and food photography, I have never seen as many food photographs in my life. It isn’t a category I am interested in however, I must say that some of the work there was very creative.
The one I loved best is of course documentary photograph; Migrants, Mayra, Picnic Across the Border, Tecate, Mexico, USA, 2017 created by French artist JR. This photograph is very ambiguous. It makes the viewer look twice to see what’s going on and to ask a lot of questions. We’ve had an argument about it, as each of us have their own opinion on which side of the table are Mexicans and Americans. I think Americans are on the left side of photograph as they are richer, they have the table and are sitting on benches, not just a table cloth on the floor, as visible on the right side. However, I could be wrong and as I mention the ambiguity of it makes it impossible to interpret.
The other image I loved was a man’s portrait with little red squares on it. However, as I looked closer the portrait is made from many little portraits. What a great idea and what a talent to create such a masterpiece.
After lunch we visited Huis Marseille Photography Gallery and looked at contemporary African photography. What a brilliant space for an exhibition, enormous rooms with a lot of daylight coming through huge windows.
The work of Zanele Muholi, David Goldblatt, Pieter Hugo, Mikhael Subotzky and Sabelo Mlangeni to mention just a few. A lot of unknown names but what an amazing exhibition of portraitures, street and documentary photography work, my three favourite photography categories. I am very glad that I’ve seen this work as it gives me some new ideas and some of the work has inspires me to create my photographic project.
My favourite was created by Em’kal Eyongakpa. It is not the kind of work I will be doing, but I loved the way it was exhibited, with little images stuck onto big ones to create one whole image.