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Koos Breukel


A selection from Koos Breukel's body of works.

Q: During the portrayal process, are you ever concerned with what the subject will think of it?

A: Never. I am curious about how the person will be in my photograph.

Q: What is the most important quality to possess as a portrait maker?

A: That you are in control of your equipment, lighting, and yourself. And then everything on the other side of the camera can go out of control or not, you just have to capture it.

Q: Should a portrait be timeless, or should it have everything in it to be dated in the long run, and therefore just testify to the 'here and now'?

A: Depends: Some of them are timeless, but also a lot of them are a testimony to the here and now.

Q: How would you describe the (dynamic) relation between the person portrayed and the portrait maker?

A: It all has to do with curiosity: the person who is being portrayed must be curious about what the portrait maker is making, and the portrayer about the person before his lens. If this curiosity is in the picture, it can be good for a long time.

Q: What can a portrait do?

A: Portraits can have different meanings for different people; it can be a kind of company for the viewer, show status (even if the person portrayed does not have high status, by publishing it in public their stature is increased) and it can accompany the history or narrative of a person or time. It can also have a psychological effect on a personal situation, affect how the maker reacts to the person portrayed and allow reflection on a recognizable feeling or situation.


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