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​© 2019 thomas de wouters

My photography is necessarily an interpretation of reality, subjective, but it captures instants of life without ever trying to distort it by an artificial construction

biography

One must hasten to photograph man, for he is not immortal.

I am a Belgian photographer born in 1969. Former engineer, I am a self taught photographer. I started a new life and photography at over 40... because I wish I had seven lives.

 

The choice of film photography for my work, more than a technical choice, is connected to my relation to time. With a film limited to 36 views every image is dear. Taking time becomes my ally, even in the instantaneousness of photojournalism or streetphotography.

 

To bear witness to a life, sometimes hard, sometimes light, without ever losing the accurate framework which will reveal the emotion of an instant without distorting it by an artificial construction. A clear, direct shooting, a natural art and yet a quest for the beautiful beyond the reality sometimes unbearable offered to my camera

 

My photographic writing is inscribed in a social research as much as an artistic research.

"Subject matter sets Thomas de Wouters’s images apart, as does his visual approach. His strange, square, black-and-white images look as if they were made by a 1960s-era New York street photographer set loose on the modern-day front."

James Estrin, New York Times