In the art of vandeCamp & Heesterbeek portrait photography meets existentialism. By digital manipulation of photographs of ordinary people their existence is questioned. These ordinary people become alternative versions of themselves. Sometimes they become esthetically enhanced version of themselves, sometimes they seem to dissolve in a black or white environment. In all cases the works are highly associative. There is no one way to interpret them. There is no one reality anymore. Most manipulations evolve by chance. Because Patricia van de Camp and Marc Heesterbeek always work separate, their studios are in different parts of the Netherlands, and they send the photographs back and forth via a web link, they often misinterpret each other’s intentions. In this way the images start to have a life of their own.
A work always starts with Patricia van de Camp taking a photograph. A work ends with Marc Heesterbeek coordinating the printing, framing and hanging the work in a context appropriate to that work. In between this start and end there’s no real distinction in their contribution to the work. Both are free to change whatever they want and undo the changes the other made until the moment that both agree that nothing more can be added or taken out of the work. It is then put aside to be reviewed later. A work is only then considered finished when it has been printed.
Patricia van de Camp (1969) studied graphic Art and photography at the Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam and the Design School SDU Kolding in Denmark.
Marc Heesterbeek (1965) studied architecture and urban planning at the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven and space architecture at the SICSA in Houston.
In 2018 they decided to publish their work as an Art duo and combine their skills to make unique photographic works.
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De Galerie Den Haag offers you a choice of 11 werken from Van de Camp & Heesterbeek. Click on one of the works for more information and availability for hire.