This month I started on a new photographic investigation of waste. We produce an unbelievable amount of waste, but I see so little of it around in daily life. In my investigation, I want to see whether waste is still really waste. After a day of taking photos, my first impression is that the processing of our food waste strongly resembles the way our food is produced: systematic and efficient.
At the opening of Plantlab, I had the honour to present the first copy of the book .. to our King. Plantlab commissioned me to create the book Laboratory/Warehouse , and it shows the conversion of an old, industrial warehouse into a hi-tech plant research laboratory.
Warehouse/laboratory. Over the past year, I had the privilege to photograph the transition of an old warehouse into a hi-tech plant research laboratory for the company Plantlab. Based on the results, I was given complete freedom to compose a photographic book together with designer Robin Uleman. My first book of business-related photography. At first glance, the book seems only to be about the refurbishment of an old building. Old junk is cleared away to enable the demolition of existing structures, after which new construction can take place using new ideas and materials. My concept is that this refurbishment is a metaphor for what Plantlab wants to achieve. A change in agriculture. As they say themselves, they are on a mission to feed the world in a more sustainable manner by enabling plants to be grown in hi-tech, enclosed spaces that can be stacked vertically: in other words, ‘vertical farming’. The book will not appear in the bookshops, but I have received 100 books to sell directly to collectors. Each book is signed and numbered. You can order the book via my website, where you can find a video about it.
I won, with Food the Voies Off Prize 2014 during the Arles Photofestival.
De Volkskrant published on 29-05 my story on the Za’atari refugee camp supermarket in Jordan. I will upload the series soon on my website.
Food is nominated for the Best Dutch Book Designs.
Jan Henne from GEO Magazine made a nice video Portret about my Food project.
Food on Feature Shoot
Food was selected by Photo-eye as one of the best photobooks of 2013. Robin Uleman and I are very proud of that.
The russian esquire published a big artikel about Food, in print and on there website. I can’t read it but it looks nice!
Tomorrow we celebrate Sinterklaas. I found this picture in my archives and i thought is was nice to show it to you.
Martin Parr selected Food for his top 10 list, best photobooks of the year 2013 in The British Journal of Photography. So be quick, the Dutch version almost sold out:).
Elspeth Grugger, correspondent from theFRS 2 Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen, made a nice radio reportage about my exhibition in the Rijksmuseum, but its only in Schweitzer Duits and a little bit dutch.
Today 1 page about my food project in the “new” International New York Times.. And there is a slide show on there website
I’m proud to present my new book ‘Food’ or for the Dutch edition, ‘Voedsel’. The book is the result of a two year project about Dutch food production and is designed by Robin Uleman. The project was a assignment from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and NRC news paper. Until 5th of january 2014 you can find the exhibition of the work in the Rijksmuseum. You can order the book in the store for 35 euro. Please let me know if you like the Dutch of English edition.