Pieter Vandermeer

New York

April 30 - June 11, 2023

Sunday May 14, 16.00 hrs

Pieter Vandermeer
End of the 1980's Dutch photographer Pieter Vandermeer visits a couple of times New York. He walks tirelessly through the somewhat 'rougher' neighbourhoods, looks around in amazement and strikes up conversations. He is open and shows interest and in this way he gets 352 New Yorkers in front of his camera, of all ages, colors and backgrounds, a unique series of portraits. They often radiate vitality and self-awareness.
Vandermeer works with a 'legendary' Polaroid Land Camera. He gives the photos directly to his models. He keeps the negatives safe in a bag with a water tank. He invented and built that bag himself: extremely practical and experimental. He is gaining local fame and is called 'The Polaroid Man"
The polaroid negatives end up on a shelf in a cupboard at home. They stay there for a long time due to all kinds of circumstances. When archiving, they reappeared. Photos from the pre-digital era, of a timeless quality.

Galerie VIVID is proud to show a selection of these New York 'polaroids' and will also launch a book about this unique series.
Also in this exhibition are some famous photos from this important photographer.

Pieter Vandermeer (1940) was closely involved as a photographer with the International Film Festival Rotterdam and Poetry International for more than 30 years. He put countless well-known actors, writers and film directors on the record. His photo archive still contains a wealth of unique work and represents great cultural value.




photos Laurens Stok & Jonas Lutz

photos Art Rotterdam 2023

















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