Curatorial exhibition at International Photography Festival
Tel Aviv, Israel
Leendert van der Meer (the Netherlands)
Sasha Zacks (Israel)
Leendert van der Meer and his Photographic Manipulation of Reality
With my work, I exploit the potential use of the photographic image and camera, but also my role as a photographer. I investigate to which extent images, cameras and other photographic equipment manipulate reality. The foundation of my work is intuitive; I use the camera only as a tool to play within reality.
For me, everything that is very special in itself is uninteresting to work with. I’d rather focus on banalities and make them interesting by capturing them with the camera. Behind the viewfinder there seems to be a completely different world, and this allows me to steer my own and the viewer’s perception. For example: I can get rid of irritation by simply photographing it and fixing it during the post production, even though it will never change in reality.
The dissonance between the reality of my photographs and the one we inhabit it is the main focus of my work, which relies on minimalistic compositions that require a brief scrutiny by the viewer.
Sasha Zacks is an emblematic photographer of Tel Aviv, has started his photographic
experiments in Moscow. Growing from portrait photographer to the conceptual artist
depicting the streets character and human behavior. Zack’s works are exploring the human personality and character that he transcends into the photography. The individuality of each work marked by the human activity and delicate moment has shaped the mood of Sasha’s photography.
He explores the human influence on the surrounding. That can be Tel Aviv bus station,
abandoned houses or the European cities or portraits of the encounters at the streets, in each of his work he penetrates the essence of the place, exploring it with his camera and let the viewer to judge the result.