Portfolio: WassinkLundgren


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The Independent Culture

We're accustomed to the idea that a single picture presents a true reflection of the world around us – but it is a view that, according to Dutch photographer Thijs Groot Wassink, is old-fashioned. "With a painting, we always know it is of something," he says. "We don't confuse the original with what has been painted. But, with photography, this happens easily; it claims some sort of truth."

With help from his long-time collaborator Ruben Lundgren, Wassink has been confronting these "truths". In the case of their diptych Tokyo Tokyo, for example, the duo aimed two cameras at the same subject at the same moment, but from different angles, challenging Cartier-Bresson's received premise of the "decisive moment".

For their series "Lu Xiaoben", meanwhile, the duo aimed "to show how the camera deforms the world around it" by having the unfeasibly tall Lundgren himself step into the picture, wearing a jumpsuit ruler outfit to illustrate the fact that the photographer affects the very environment he is documenting.

WassinkLundgren's first major solo exhibition, One Group Show, is at Foam Gallery, Amsterdam (foam.org), from Friday to 17 March (wassinklundgren.com)