Foam

Not a day goes by without one of our clients or colleagues commenting on photographs in our meeting rooms. They may reflect on the style of a photograph or ask why it is there. Discussion. That is what we wanted to achieve by displaying our collection of photographs in our Amsterdam office and on our homepage.

Photography museum Foam and De Brauw have started collaborating in 2010.

Geert Potjewijd, De Brauw’s managing partner says: “We would like to contribute to the cultural environment of Amsterdam and support young Dutch talented photographers. There is a natural match between Foam and De Brauw. Both organisations, with international ambitions, have quality as a basis.”

Exploded View #33 © Sjoerd Knibbeler

Knibbeler’s work could be defined as ‘constructed photography’ – the construction of all sorts of self-imagined and created objects takes place mostly in the studio. There he simulates wind, clouds or a tornado, and he experiments with fragile constructions in a variety of materials such as plastic, paper and fibreboard (MDF). Before he starts building and experimenting, however, he acts as a researcher, visiting different locations and consulting with specialists in the fields of science, aviation and architecture.

Knibbeler uses photography as a means of depicting his ideas, but everything he photographs is real. Questions about authenticity and the tension that his images evoke intrigue him, just as the way in which the camera is able to reveal processes that wouldn’t be noticed otherwise. Knibbeler makes use of the materials he works with and the conditions he depicts to investigate the relationship between the static, two-dimensional character of photography and the moving, voluminous objects he makes.

 

“I see something special and show it to the camera. The moment is held until someone sees it. Then it is theirs.”

Sam Abell

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