Author Robin de Clercq writes: "Belgium is more than just a country famous for its waffles, chocolate and beer… It’s also the home of quite a few amazing photographers. But when photography enthusiasts can name more Belgian photographers than Magnum Photos‘s very own Carl De Keyzer or near-celebrity Lieve Blancquaert, I am usually already impressed. Coming from Belgium myself, I think the time is right for the world to get to know ten more of Belgium’s finest."
"Dirk Braeckman was born in 1958 in Eeklo and currently lives and works in Ghent. He studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts between 1977 and 1981, where he met Carl De Keyzer, with whom he founded the XYZ-Gallery.
In his work as a documentary photographer, Dirk tries to evade its traditional conventions, while remaining highly autobiographical. Female nudes, curtains, empty corners in rooms, walls, and abandoned hotel rooms are recurring themes, creating intriguing and suggestive images, raising more questions than they answer. The artist avoids images that are over-reasoned and puts freedom and spontaneity first.
Dirk has had numerous group exhibitions and several solo shows in Europe, and has received considerable acclaim for his portraits of the Belgian King Albert II and Queen Paola. In addition to his photography, he also creates site specific technical installations for varying art projects."
Other Belgian photographers mentioned are: Martine Franck, Harry Gruyaert, Filip Naudts, Nichiel Hendryckx, Stephan Vanfleteren, Bieke Depoorter, Jimmy Kets, Frederik Buyckx, and Marc Legrange.
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