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Venus Veldhoen

  • Hardcover
  • 235 x 275 mm
  • 192 pages
  • Design Eva van der Schans
  • English
  • Publisher Lecturis

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This book contains 150 portraits that Venus has made over the past 30 years. The foreword was written by photographer and writer Leo Divendal and the book contains an interview with the photographer by journalist Naomi Heidinga. Graphic designer Eva van der Schans has placed Venus’ portraits in a new context, by ignoring time and location and focusing on the mutual interaction between the portrayed. This creates a rhythmic series of images that emphasizes the similarities between different cultures and the power of vulnerability, as well as the contrasts between excess and scarcity, survival and beauty, explosions of colour and the modesty of black and white. This book offers a unique look at 30 years of photography and shows Venus’ search for the essence of human identity in a diverse world. In addition to her commissioned work, Veldhoen creates her own photo series, which also give her the opportunity to further explore her own identity. She has made several photo series in countries such as China, Japan, Jamaica, Mexico, India, Vietnam, Thailand and South Sudan.