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date: 07 December 2019

Wessing, Koen locked

(b Amsterdam, Jan 26, 1942).
  • Hripsimé Visser

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(b Amsterdam, Jan 26, 1942).

Dutch photographer . He studied at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and then with the Dutch photographer Ata Kando, also working as a freelance press photographer in Amsterdam. From the end of the 1960s he worked as a documentary photographer in the tradition of politically engaged, concerned photography. His early work showed the influence of Ed van der Elsken with its interest in human drama, its use of a direct, lively approach and a dark printing technique; but he soon evolved a personal style, combining these elements with a strong formal approach.

Wessing made his first major photo-reportage in Paris during the student revolts in 1968, publishing it as Parijs, 1968 (Amsterdam, 1968). From the 1970s he became deeply involved with the political situation of South America, later publishing collections of these images, such as Chile, September 1973 (Amsterdam, 1974) and Van Chili tot Guatemala: Tien jaar Latijns-America (‘From Chile to Guatemala: Ten years in Latin America’; Amsterdam, ...

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