willem van zoetendaal (nl)
dienstag, 7. jänner 2020
1070 wien, urban-loritz-platz 2a
willem van zoetendaal
(born the hague, 1950) is a graphic designer who has been producing photography books since the early nineties. in 1994 he started publishing his own books.
van zoetendaal curated photography exhibitions in the netherlands (the gemeentemuseum den haag, museum boijmans van beuningen, foam) and in france (l’institut neérlandais, maison européenne de la photographie, paris in collaboration with elisabeth nora), in japan (luis vuitton tokyo) in collaboration with elisabeth nora, and in korea (kumho museum, seoul) in collaboration with kim song min.
additionally, he has been active as a gallery owner for contemporary photography from 2000 until 2014. february 2014 he changed his gallery space into a studio to develop his own art projects, art books and installations. in 2008 the kunstmuseum den haag acquired his photography collection (consisting of more than 1200 photos) that he had built up during his period as lecturer at the photography department of the gerrit rietveld academie in the nineties. the collection included early works from now renowned dutch photographers/artists.
van zoetendaal considers his books as spacious constructions and he has been extremely influential in terms of the selection and montage of the content of the books, enabling a rhythmic melody to be formed in unison with the design. he considers that photography in print must be optimally lithographed and printed so that it »becomes a new form of vintage.« for him, the photo book is an art form in its own right.
apart from photo books he designed newspaper supplements, stamps, coins, typography in architecture, a.o.
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