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- Sander Dekker

The style of Dekker is easily recognizable, due to his working method that could be described as spontaneous and playful. When shooting, Dekker does not know how the photos will turn out in the end, as he always tries to capture the unexpected.

The Project’ is an ongoing series of portraits created by Sander Dekker from 2011 onwards. His subjects are never his friends or acquaintances, but people he finds on social media. He chooses people he admires as his subjects: outgoing, spontaneous, and always a bit eccentric. He contacts them to ask if he can photograph them at home, then books a ticket and gets on the plane. Raging through their house together, Dekker captures the high energy of that first encounter. A shoot usually last for an hour or so, before he’s off to his next visit. Meeting his models just before the session and working without a preconceived concept, creates the spontaneity that is distinctive of Dekker’s work. It results in great compositions and surprising crops that reflect the freedom and expressiveness of the people in front of his camera. When trying to capture their personalities, it’s almost as if Dekker hopes that these qualities will rub off on him. Yet after all these years, he prefers to stay behind the camera, where he can admire their eccentric beauty and pay tribute to them through his pictures.

Sander Dekker (Amsterdam, 1980) lives and works in Amsterdam. His work was featured in many magazines including Juxtapoz, Le Petit Voyeur and Purple France and in articles on platforms like VICE. Also, he published two books himself. Right since the start of 'The Project', the work of Dekker has been exhibited at different gallery shows and art fairs in Amsterdam, Germany and the UK.

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Lambda print on Fujicolor Crystal Archive paper, mounted on dibond, plexiglass and black wooden frame

75 x 50 cm

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