"HELLEN VAN MEENE PORTRAITS". Collectif. Editions Aperture Foundation, New York. 2004.
HELLEN VAN MEENE PORTRAITS
"HELLEN VAN MEENE PORTRAITS". Collectif. Editions Aperture Foundation, New York. 2004. Grand in-8 carré, couverture toilée crème photo. 96 pages. Texte en anglais de Kate Bush, illustré de 44 reproductions photographiques couleurs pleine page d'Hellen van Meene.
"The photographs are not meant to be portraits, which is why they have no titles. It is not my intention to give expression to their personality or state of mind. Nor do I want to sketch a sociological image of contemporary youth or girls at the moment of puberty... As a matter of fact, I treat my models as objects that uou can direct and guide. They are simply material for me.This might appear to be a puzzling statement by Hellen van Meene, the author of some 190 closely observed, unforgettably intense, small, square images of young Dutch, German, and Japanese girls. For what kind of photographer is she, this maker of pictures whose human subjects serve as mere "material" rather than the defined content. Van Meene may be uninterested in documenting the psychological individuality of her models, but that is not to say her photographs lack psychological depth; on the contrary, they measure finely calibrated affects and emotions..." Kate Bush.