I don’t know so much about Bieke Depoorter, but I know everything that needs be known. She was born in 1986 and received her master’s degree in photography from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK) in Ghent in 2009. She chooses to work on autonomous projects mostly, such as her series “Ou Menya”, for which she traveled through Russia and spent the night at strangers’ places in order to photograph their lives. She is generally interested in family intimacy and the way people interact in their homes. Depoorter has rightfully received numerous awards, including the Magnum Expression Award. Her first book was published this year.
My favourite thing about this artist is her talent for realizing and revealing the human condition under a new light. Each photograph in its stunning colours and honesty actually tells a story and you just feel like you know these people and at the same time you want to know more about them. I like how they come without a text, the uncertainty and the intimacy they create. It is magnificent documentary photography, raw yet never violating but also art in its beautiful presentation and they way the concept was conceived. Bieke Depoorter is definitely on her way to become one of the masters of photography.
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