First solo exhibition
A velvety texture and meticulous attention to the play of forms, lines and composition characterise photographer Bastiaan Woudt’s potent signature style. His now iconic black and white portraits and travel photography bear witness to this. Both genres are brought together in Twist, the first museum exhibition by Woudt, who grew up in Bergen. His studio photography, in particular, has quickly earned him international recognition. Twist features large-format studio and travel photographs from the collections of galleries, individuals and institutions worldwide.
Autodidact Bastiaan Woudt started photographing more than ten years ago, inspired by famous photographers such as Man Ray, Irving Penn and Richard Avedon. Though following in the footsteps of these masters of analogue photography, Woudt’s contemporary studio photography often uses digital techniques. He believes an important aspect of photography is that its expressive power is best appreciated in black and white. The lack of colour removes a layer of reality, thus allowing more space for the viewer’s imagination.
Woudt’s studio work and travel photography have one crucial thing in common: momentum. Whether working from his Alkmaar studio or travelling, his images emerge from the decisive moment in which both a visual and dramatic highpoint coincide.
In recent years, Bastiaan Woudt (1987) has received nominations and won art prizes and professional awards internationally. Galleries in Amsterdam, Zurich, London and Atlanta represent his work, which has also been exhibited at photography fairs such as Paris Photo and Photo London. Alongside his own work, Woudt makes commissioned photography for renowned magazines such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, New York Magazine and Volkskrant Magazine.