Saturday I visited Art of the Warehouse in Rotterdam. I’m have a fetish for photography and illustrators and espacially the work of French photographer Denis Rouvre caught my eye.
Denis Rouvre, 1967, France, is a portrait photographer with a large and impressive portfolio. He has photographed an extensive amount of internationally known celebrities throughout the years, but works on many other series, personal and editorial. These numerous series have been exhibited extensively throughout the world. He has also released several books and monographs. The series ‘Senegalese Wrestling’ won the second prize in the Sports features stories at World Press Photo in 2010. His series ‘Ethnic’ is a collaboration between Denis and the painter and sculptor David Nal-Vad. The photographs of Denis are sharp, crystal clear and direct.
“The natural does not exist,” he explains. “I photograph only one reality of a person, the moment that gets away from them and belongs to me alone. I need to make my model curious about an image of him or her that I might be able to produce.”
Other highlight was the work of art collective KAMP HORST from Rotterdam. Started in 2009 with six members under the name Antistrot, 5 ex members of this infamous group of artists decided to bring things back to life with a new collective: KAMP HORST. KAMP HORST has been active for several years now under different names and with a changing cast. Achievements so far include murals in Berlin and several Dutch exhibition spaces, and an entire collection of new paintings.