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The Art of Photography => But is it Art? => Topic started by: Ivo_B on July 28, 2018, 04:55:12 pm

Title: Stefan Vanfleteren, Belgian Magnum photographer
Post by: Ivo_B on July 28, 2018, 04:55:12 pm
Stephan is one of Belgiums Magnum photographers.
He is well known for his portraits and especially his series on Belgian Cyclists (Flandrien) (http://stephanvanfleteren.com/nl/portfolio/detail/flandrien) is stunningly good.

But he really shines with the portrait he made of Theofiel (http://stephanvanfleteren.com/nl/portfolio/detail/theofiel) A Belgian (Flemish) farmer.

Enjoy.


Title: Re: Stefan Vanfleteren, Belgian Magnum photographer
Post by: Frans Waterlander on July 29, 2018, 01:28:48 am
The Theofiel photos are both beautiful, heartbreaking and borderline disrespectful. They give me the same uneasy feeling when I look at documentaries about poor or primitive people; where does the honest and compassionate reporting/interpretation stop and where does the exploitation start? Very touching and disturbing at the same time. Powerful work, to be sure.
Title: Re: Stefan Vanfleteren, Belgian Magnum photographer
Post by: Ivophoto on July 29, 2018, 02:31:25 am
The Theofiel photos are both beautiful, heartbreaking and borderline disrespectful. They give me the same uneasy feeling when I look at documentaries about poor or primitive people; where does the honest and compassionate reporting/interpretation stop and where does the exploitation start? Very touching and disturbing at the same time. Powerful work, to be sure.

I understand to what you point and recognize it in some photographic work. Not in this case. Stefanís work aesthetically lifts the man and his environment beyond that sentiment.

it lays all in the viewers projection
Title: Re: Stefan Vanfleteren, Belgian Magnum photographer
Post by: farbschlurf on July 29, 2018, 03:36:43 am
Interesting work, thanks for the link.