Bertien van Manen
Photo: Bertien van Manen, Dorothy, West Virginia, 1985

Bertien van Manen

  • What museumzaal
  • When From Apr 18, 2023 to Sep 03, 2023 (Europe/Amsterdam / UTC200)
  • Where SCHUNCK Glaspaleis
  • Price 8,50
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From 18 April '23, admire the photography of internationally acclaimed photographer Bertien van Manen - who has her roots in Heerlen - at SCHUNCK.
  • Where SCHUNCK Glaspaleis
  • Price 8,50

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Internationally acclaimed photographer Bertien van Manen (b. The Hague, 1942) is considered to be one of the modernisers of documentary photography. She started out as a fashion photographer after studying French language and literature. Inspired by Robert Frank’s ‘The Americans’, she applied herself to more engaging forms of photography and travelled the world. She spent time in China, the former Soviet Union and the Appalachians in America, working on major projects. Her work is exhibited worldwide, in museums such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, FOAM in Amsterdam, FoMu in Antwerp and Fotomuseum Winterthur.

Initially, Van Manen received commissions for her reportages, but she quickly developed a career as an independent photographer. In particular, she photographed people in their natural surroundings, in locations that were undergoing social transition. Her photos are neither premeditated nor posed, but improvised, poetic, intimate and candid. One characteristic feature of her work is a predilection for photographing her subjects in close-up.

The exhibition will be showing a selection of photographs that Van Manen took in the mining village of New Sharlston in England, portraits of female miners in the United States and her Moonshine series, which places a family of mineworkers in Cumberland, Kentucky centre stage. In the 1990s, she also took photos of mineworkers in Siberia. It is not by coincidence that her work features mining communities. Van Manen grew up in Heerlen, the former centre of the Dutch mining industry, where her father worked as an engineer for the state mines.

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