Today I officially registered Rob Severein stories as a company with the Amsterdam Chamber of Commerce. Me sort of proud!
NIJ ALTOENAE (Friesland), the Netherlands. My grandparents used to live in this vast, harsh area. It was here, in the upper north that the first signs of Alzheimer's disease appeared to my grandmother. In this new project I am looking for memories from that time. From that area I feel so connected to.
It had been in my wallet for about 20 years, this half decayed piece of paper. From the time that having a Filofax was still a must. It tells the story of the many conversations I had with my grandfather at the end of his life. Frisian of birth, a deep Frisian (deep frozen) as it is called, big and quiet. Not so in his last years. He told about his life, where he came from, the family. A family of peat cutters in Almenum, a village between Harlingen and Franeker, the municipality of Barradeel. "But all that doesn't exist anymore, seun. All demolished and removed." Still, I wrote it down, you never knew.
That ‘never’ was yesterday. Almenum now appears to have merged into Harlingen and has the status of a hamlet and the Koningskwartier is nowadays no more than an industrial area with some old workers' houses scattered here and there, close to the harbour. And despite the fact that no. 4 does not exist and that no. 104 now has a prefabricated production hall shining, it was still a special moment.
Last weekend the last session of our Northern Lights Photography Masterclass 2017/2018 took place in Amsterdam. Again we had a great and inspiring 3 days with guest lecturers Arianna Rinaldo and Rebecca McClelland. Thanks to all my colleague participants for all the energy, good vibes, laughter, tears and respect. What a great loving and caring group we were! And, thank you Jim Casper, Lars Boering and Marc Prüst for all the wise words, the sharing of knowledge and coaching in these 9 months. It was sometimes truly difficult to keep up with it but it was absolutely well worth the effort! Wow! #northernlights #photography #masterclass #noorderlicht
I made some new fine art prints of my series 'And this I dreamt, and this I dream' Getting there!
Especially for the third and final episode of the Northern Lights Photography Masterclass in Amsterdam I created this black box with fine art prints of my project 'And this I dreamt, and this I dream' (fka HEIM) Almost finished. Me happy with it ... #artprints #northernlights #masterclass #photography
I had a great review yesterday of my personal project HEIM (He secretly carried her picture). After a difficult start last year at the Northern Lights Photography Masterclass I am finally getting there! Very nice and encouraging words from Jim Casper (Lensculture) and if I can take his word for it: there's an exhibition in the making!
After months of extensive preparations, making dummies, having it reviewed several times and some wise words from some very wise people, it's finally there: my new portfolio book! Ready for presentation. I am so very happy with it! Don't hesitate to call or email me, I would be very happy to drop by and show you the book.
Our new Amsterdam office is now fully operational at Holland Park as from today! Some decorating still has to be done but that will come eventually. For now, we're back in business again after our moving from Haarlem to Diemen Zuid (Amsterdam).
Finishing a new book with portraits in addition to the new big portfolio book that I am still working on. It was sent off to the printer's today. I am kind of anxious how it will turn out ...
They almost look like a manuscript, the 34 letters my grandfather wrote to his wife and two children in Amsterdam while carrying out forced labor in Nazi Germany. In the winter of 1943 he reportedly escaped and started walking home. 'He secretly carried her picture' is a visual story on my grandfather and his journey home I am currently working on.
I finished the first draft of my portfolio the other day. Created this simple, adjustable dummy and had it thoroughly reviewed by friend and colleague photographer Morad Bouchakour. I am glad I made it adjustable ... :-)
I've been thinking about it for years, but it never really came true. Now, following the Northern Lights Photography Masterclass I'm participating in, I'm finally going to do it: create a portfolio book. Ordered at Heiner Hauck's in Germany, this A3 landscape book with 30 sheets arrived at my home this week. I am now busy selecting images, editing and printing. It should be finished by the end of the year completely!
I just had a first preparatory meeting for an exhibition in the autumn of my series 'Not until the first of May', paddling pools in Amsterdam. When things work out well the exhibition will take place at the Isoo.nu gallery in Beverwijk, the Netherlands.
Big size print of 'HEIM (the path)' from the 'He secretly carried her picture' series. Basically, prints of every image on this site are for sale. They usually come in 2 different sizes and are printed in editions of 25 each. Different sizes are available but only on special request. More info on buying prints on robseverein.com/prints
I am very happy to announce that from many submissions and applications I was selected and invited to participate in the Northern Lights Photography Masterclass 2017 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Applications came from various countries around the world, on four continents, but only 12 photographers were selected. The masterclass ‘Strategies for Developing Successful Visual Stories’ consists of three 3-day sessions over 9 months, dedicated to improving creative and business strategies for documentary photographers and headed by Lars Boering (managing director at World Press Photo), Marc Prüst (curator, creative director and photography consultant) and Jim Casper (editor-in-chief and co-founder, Lens Culture). It is a long-term masterclass for professional photo journalists, documentary photographers and visual storytellers. #photography #masterclass #northernlights
U.S. major Martin Manhoff spent more than two years in the Soviet Union in the early 1950s, serving as assistant army attaché at the U.S. Embassy, which was located just off Red Square at the beginning of his time in Moscow.
He took full advantage of his post, using his gifted photographic eye to capture hundreds of images of everyday life in Moscow and across the U.S.S.R.
When he left the country in 1954 amid accusations of espionage, Major Manhoff took with him reels of 16 millimeter film and hundreds of color slides and negatives he shot during his travels – including of one of the Soviet Union's pivotal events, Josef Stalin's funeral.
Watch this incredible footage on Radio Free Europe.
Started working on a new series today. Werkstatt. Industrial buildings and stuff like that. More to come, more to tell.