Hanne van der Woude

An elementary component of Hanne von der Woudes portrait series is the intensive observation of human behaviour and their environment. The Dutch photographer mostly discovers her subjects on the street. As was, for example, the case with Ben, whom she accompanied with her camera for many years. The photographic results of this intensive encounter are presented in the exhibition, EMMY’S WORLD. Hanne van der Woudes artistic work is characterised by long-term projects. She places great importance on a holistic approach to her protagonists. She becomes intensively and at the same time carefully involved in the people and their living environments that she portrays. She observes, empathises, looks for and wins their trust. Her attention is focused on the vibrancy of the people she portrays; their behaviour, their emotions, their individual aesthetic. In EMMY`S WORLD, she uses the analogue photo technique – which allows her to photograph with greater concentration, thoughtfulness and awareness. She sees this as a component of a purposeful deceleration that she became aware of with Ben and Emmy.

Hanne van der Woude, was born in 1982 in Nijmegen. She studied photography at ArtEZ, the School of Arts in Arnhem, where she lives and works as a photographer.  After her studies, she devoted several years to independent projects, as, for example, MC1R – Natural Red Hair (2005-2008) and Emmy’s World (2009-2015).

Both projects helped to bring her international recognition from the press; 
The International New York Times, The Guardian, Vrij Nederland, NRC Handelsblad and several radio and tv-interviews such as AVROTROS Kunstuur, Kunststof Radio and NHK (Japan National Broadcasting).
Her work has been exhibited in a solo exhibition in The Hague Museum of Photography, The Hague, NL (2008), Huis Marseille, Museum for Photography in Amsterdam, NL (2015), Fotografie Forum Frankfurt in Frankfurt, DE (September 2016) and in several group exhibitions including Musée de l'Élysée in Lausanne, CH (2008), the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts in Yamanashi, JP (2010 and 2013) and the Rencontres International de la Photographie en Gaspésie in Gaspésie, CA (2016).