Friday, February 7, 2014

Bart van Leeuwen (b.1950 ) is a Dutch photographer

Appearances are deceptive, nothing is what it seems.’
Bart 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.
Fashion photography is more than taking pictures of dresses. Because fashion not only refers to style of dress or hair and make-up. It also 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.’
He 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.
Andy 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.
Fashion 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.’
He has won several awards ( ADCN i.a. ) and gave lectures on photography at academies in Amsterdam ( Rietveld ), Rotterdam ( WdKA ) and Bruxelles ( St. Lukas ).
Van 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.

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