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Capturing the Juxtaposition of Ugly and Beauty

In the world of fine arts, photography is considered to be one of the youngest branches that existed thanks to modern technology. The purist often feels that photography is not fine art because it is created through a device and in present time is made further with the use of digital enhancing. Still, it need technical skills, concept and art vision in order to create a great photo art. Big names such as Pierre et Gilles, David Lachapelle, Cindy Sherman and many more alike are proofs that art photography should be part of fine arts.

Photo by Marcel Van der Vlugt

On my recent visit to Amsterdam, I was fortunate enough to spend time with one of Dutch renowned conceptual photographers name Marcel van der Vlugt. As professional photographer who started his first exhibition since 1981, Marcel has done many works from fashion for some reputable fashion magazines such as L’Officiel and Vogue, campaigns for W Hotel groups, L’Oreal Paris and many more; to conceptual art photography for solo exhibitions. He is also known for his exclusive works using polaroid film material and the preference to use slow working method in order to create very precise compositions.

With some prestigious received awards including ADCN Lamp for Best Photography and a Golden Lion from Venice Film Festival, Marcel van der Vlugt works have been on display in some of the most prestigious venues including at the Photo Museum at The Hague, the MCA in Chicago and in the Louis Vuitton Gallery in Tokyo. In one fine winter morning in Amsterdam, I visited Marcel at his workshop cum studio and find out more about his inspiration to future projects.

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