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26.08.2009

 

Hellen van Meene : Tout va disparaître - poised dreamlike portraits ; new book and exhibition in New York

Dutch photographer Hellen van Meene’s new book invites you to enter her world. Tout va disparaître, translation: everything will disappear, presents dreamlike portrait studies of really young people in their own individual surrounding environments.

Photographed in the USA, Russia and the Netherlands, these young people in carefully planned poses, with muted light seem to be hovering between melancholy and an atmosphere of departure.

Hellen van Meene, born in 1972, Alkmaar, is one of the Netherlands’ most valued female photographers, and is an important personality within international contemporary photography. Her work focuses on young people and over the past ten years she has steadily added to her collection.

In addition to an introductory essay by astrophysician and author Jörg M. Colberg, the book is the first to include a selection of her interiors, still lifes and panorama shots.

The Yancey Richardson Gallery in New York presents a show of Hellen’s work. It is interesting to note that the prints in the book are very similar to the sizes of the originals. Thus the pictures are seen as the photographer wished to show them. Which is how they should work.

Find out more on the exhibition from 17 September – 31 October on www.yanceyrichardson.com.

The book is out now. Those that want to see more than the book’s 88 pages, should go to www.hellenvanmeene.com.


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Hellen van Meene - Tout va disparaître

Hellen van Meene - Tout va disparaître

Hellen van Meene - Tout va disparaître

Hellen van Meene - Tout va disparaître

Hellen van Meene - Tout va disparaître

Hellen van Meene - Tout va disparaître

Hellen van Meene - Tout va disparaître

Hellen van Meene - Tout va disparaître

Hellen van Meene - Tout va disparaître

Hellen van Meene - Tout va disparaître

Hellen van Meene - Tout va disparaître

Hellen van Meene - Tout va disparaître

Hellen van Meene - Tout va disparaître

Hellen van Meene - Tout va disparaître

Hellen van Meene - Tout va disparaître

Hellen van Meene - Tout va disparaître

Hellen van Meene - Tout va disparaître

Hellen van Meene - Tout va disparaître

Hellen van Meene - Tout va disparaître

Hellen van Meene - Tout va disparaître

Hellen van Meene - Tout va disparaître

Hellen van Meene - Tout va disparaître

Hellen van Meene - Tout va disparaître

Hellen van Meene - Tout va disparaître