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Typically this is the page where the photographer or the artist tries to sell his skills and his talents. Well, I have sold my works, my ideas and maybe even myself for over 40 years ever since my first successful series of photographs in 1977. Over the years I have written many artist statements for exhibits and publications. Rereading what I wrote some 30 years down the line or even closer in the past only confuses me. Obviously I meant what I wrote at the time. I am a collector at heart so I can also reread press clippings about my work written by critics who obviously believed what they wrote too. All of that adds up to a series of conflicting images of who I am as an artist.
Portrait Hans van der Kamp - © Eveline Franken
Here I am at age 62 and I can only paint a picture of what I do now. Not that my approach to photography changed much over the years. Cultures however did change dramatically. Censorship was unthinkable in the Seventies and it is quite normal today. Censorship on social media is not even contested, it is fully accepted. Most photographers are working hard on self-censorship and that is quite dramatic, but it is the inevitable result of accepting censorship.

The old school gallery owner was a scout looking for talent. Today this same person is a conceptual artist who looks at the combined series of exhibits at his or her gallery as an artwork of his or her own making.

Not the art but the artist has become the product to be marketed by skilled marketeers who know all about consumer goods and have very little knowledge about culture or art.

Having said that, a lot of good things happened for those who created fine art photography. Prices went up and more people started to collect photographs. Photography became popular as never before. Many if not all people own a smart phone, so everybody carries a camera around and that is a good thing too. If I get a call now for an assignment that leaves little or no space for my own creativity I can simply answer: “Good for you! You seem to have it all worked out. Sounds like a great job for your iPhone!”

One of the most elevating and positive innovations in photography that I have seen – and this makes up for most if not all of my critique on today’s art world – is that it has become so easy to promote your work without the intervention of the institutes mentioned above. Parallel to what happened in the music industry and the indy film scene, you can connect directly with the people interested in your work. On a bad day this website has at least a hundred unique visitors and that would be very hard to realize in a small photo gallery. And it is a 24/7 thing too.

Exhibits / Events / Festivals

2017

Open Ateliers Nieuwmarkt
Photo Studio open to all visitors
October 1 & 2
 
 
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Open Ateliers Nieuwmarkt 2018

 
 

Art Undressed – Miami
May 18-20, 2017

 
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2016

Open Ateliers Nieuwmarkt
Photo Studio open to all visitors
October 1 & 2
 
 
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Open Ateliers Nieuwmarkt
KamaSutra Erotic Art Festival KamaSutra Erotic Art Festival
October 1 to 3, 2016
Fully equipped photo studio at festival
Gracefully hosted by ArtCrazed.com
Jaarbeurs Utrecht
 
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2015

First Erotic Art Museum Moscow
Exhibit of my works is in its third year now
despite lots of protests
Located at the famous Novy Arbat in Moscow
 

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Museum of Erotic Art Moscow

 
 
2014

 
Seattle Erotic Art Festival
Group exhibit: three works / third participation since 2006
April 23 – 25
 
 
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Seattle Erotic Art Festival

 
 
2013

Back & Forth
Solo Exhibit in the Lightroom Gallery – Hasselt / Belgium
February 16th – March 15th
Hasselt poster - © Hans van der Kamp

 
 

XXX poster XXX: Sensuality Through the Eyes of the Photographer
March 23 to 26, 2013
Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art Old Basement Gallery
127‐B Prince Street, New York, NY 10013

 
 

Pop Up Show
February 1, 2013
Drinks & art at Blackstones – Portland, Maine
 
 
 
Blackstones Poster

2012

Gender Expressions Poster Gender Expressions – Kinsey Institute Gallery
September 28 – December 20
Group exhibit