Dirk Braeckman (born in 1958 in Eeklo, Belgium) is a Belgian photographer who lives and works in Ghent, Belgium.
Dirk Braeckman has had numerous group exhibitions and several solo shows in Europe, including ones at at Ghent’s SMAK (2001)and the De Pont Foundation in Tilburg (2004). He has received considerable acclaim for his portraits of the Belgian king Albert II and Queen Paola, photographs commissioned by the Royal Palace of Brussels.
In addition to his photographic body of work, Braeckman creates site specific installations, for varying projects such as Beaufort in Ostend or Watou’s art and poetry festival. Recently a permanent installation of a monumental photowork (of which a facsimile is now presented at Robert Miller's Gallery) has been inaugurated at the new Concert Hall of Bruges.
In 2002 Braeckman was granted the cultural award of the University of Louvain and received the Cultural Prize of the Flemish Community, Section Fine Arts in 2005. Braeckman’s images have appeared in numerous magazines, books and catalogues. Most recently in the Photo Art book, published by Dumont, Thames & Hudson and Aperture.
« Photographer of the darkening, of the vanishing: this is how one might describe Dirk Braeckman (b. 1958). His photographs have no intention of clearly illuminating the world, but douse it in a kind of twilight. They are hazy, blurred, highly suggestive. They are not here to show us something. They offer no spectacle, no new insight, no revelation. What appears quickly disappears again. These – at least at first – shy images nonetheless have great presence. In any case, the images manifesting themselves on the flawless white walls of Museum M in Louvain are not frail.