Bart van Leeuwen (b.1950 ) is a Dutch photographer
are deceptive, nothing is what it seems.’
van Leeuwen ( Amsterdam,1950 ), born in an artistic family of
musicians and painters, published his first pictures in Dutch
underground magazine Hitweek in 1967, graduated from the School for
Professional Photography in The Hague in 1969 and started to work as
a freelance photographer in 1971. Inspired by film noir, Italian
neorealism and photographers like Avedon, Brassaï, Frank,
Kertész, Lartigue, Newton and Penn he developed a narrative,
cinematographic style, linking facts and fiction.
photography is more than taking pictures of dresses. Because
fashion not only refers to style of dress or hair and make-up.
includes art, language, cuisine, literature, architecture, music and
even thought, popular in a culture at any given time. Zeitgeist.
Omnipresent, constantly changing, reflecting our time.’
travelled the world for magazines like Avenue, Cosmopolitan, Elle,
Elegance, Esquire, Harpers Bazaar, i-D, Kult, Marie-Claire, Oor,
Playboy, Sunday Times, Viva and Wallpaper and companies such as
ABN, Agnès B, Barclays, Bilderberg, Bijenkorf, CBS, Harrods,
ING, Levi’s, Matinique, Philips, RCA, René Lezard, Sara Lee,
Woolmark and Volvo, shooting fashion stories, advertising
campaigns and portraits.
Warhol, Bob Geldof, Candy Dulfer, Carice van Houten, Dizzy
Gillespie, Freddy Mercury, Giorgio Armani, Grace Jones, Herman
Brood, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jerry Hall, John Cale, Nina Hagen
and Sylvia Kristel are among the celebrities he photographed.
photography itself has its fashions. In order to avoid these ever
changing trends I always tried to include a timeless, human
element in my pictures.’
has won several awards ( ADCN i.a. ) and gave lectures on
photography at academies in Amsterdam ( Rietveld ), Rotterdam (
WdKA ) and Bruxelles ( St. Lukas ).
Leeuwen lived in Amsterdam, New York and Paris. Due to a
neuromuscular disorder he retired in 2005 and now lives withn his
wife and son just outside Amsterdam.