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Artist Feature

Every week an artist is featured whose single image was published by Der Greif. The Feature shows the image in the original context of the series.

Maarten Kools - Black Dog

Feb 14, 2018

Black Dog is a non-linear, on-going black and white photo-series shot as a stream of consciousness. Starting out as a personal reaction on the death of a close friend, the series is a sharp editing of a personal view on the world, from death to life, from white into black. If one’s perception is reality, Black Dog creates its own, as a continuous attempt to gain control over all shades of black. Black Dog is a journey into darkness and into the history of black and white photography. Following the adage of Anders Peterson: “Shoot from the gut, edit with the brain.’

Artist Blog

The blog of Der Greif is written entirely by the artists who have been invited to doing an Artist-Feature. Every week, we have a different author.

Area riservata alle confessioni

Feb 21, 2018 - Maarten Kools

“Even though I had committed but one little sin, I should have ample reason to repent of it all my life.”   (St. Francis of Assisi)




‘Brasilia’ by Arthur Mebius & Maarten Kools

Feb 20, 2018 - Maarten Kools

In 1956 Brazil decided to build a new capital City from scratch, exactly in the middle of the country, on the red earth of the Amazon. The urban-planner Lucio Costa made a plan, Oscar Niemeyer designed most of the public buildings and Roberto Marx was the landscape designer. The city is build on two axis: The Monumental Axis (east to west), representing the political activities and gouvernmental buildings,  and the Residential Axis (north to south), representing housing, schooling and recreation. Together forming a cross-shape city. The design was made in such a way that automobile traffic was a priority.

Brasilia was build in 40 months.

In 2008 Dutch photographers Arthur Mebius and Maarten Kools took there 4×5″ technical Camera and went to Brasilia to document the city before it would be renovated for the olympic games of 2016. What interested us was how a utopian plan for a city worked out for it’s residents and how these residents adapted the city for their own use. This was most of all visible in so-called ‘Elephant Paths’. ( paths made by people as unofficial routes, denying the utopian plan) . What was also of interest to us was the physical appearance of the city: Monumental concrete and steel buildings, inspired by the revolutionary architecture of Le Corbusier of the 1930’s.

Here now, for the first time, we show a selection of the photographs

Non ti muovere

Feb 19, 2018 - Maarten Kools

The incomparable dutch photographer Bart Oomes does still life-photography.

* “Still life photography is a genre of photography used for the depiction of inanimate subject matter, typically a small group of objects. It is the application of photography to the still life artistic style.”*


Non ti muovere.

»You breathe from a garden in your neck« by Judith Jockel

Feb 17, 2018 - Maarten Kools

In 2011 my best friend died and I came into possession of her old analogue  8×10 inch camera. The bellows of this camera is old and damaged. We shared a studio with a small garden in Amsterdam. From then on I have been photographing the roses in our studio garden with her damaged camera. Summer light is omnipresent in my images; the rays of light playfully go their own way. But something dark, too, lies in the shadows of this sunny construction: the realization that things are vulnerable and transitory.

All photos are cloaked with flares that make it harder to get a clear, full view. The faulty entry of light makes the photographic technique play a role in the image: the camera becomes visible, without us actually seeing the camera. This also suggests a notion of the afterlife and of gazing into the body, a body that is riddled with holes and is transparent.

‘you breathe from a garden in your neck’ – published by Fw:books.


Feb 16, 2018 - Maarten Kools

I like diptychs and triptychs. Images that reinforce one another. Combining different series, different content.  Both personalities.


Dear Sky by dutch photographer Arthur Mebius

Feb 15, 2018 - Maarten Kools

Sunan airport city September 14, 2016

In one of the apartment buildings in Sunan, next to Pyongyang airport, the haze of 7.27 cigarette smoke is lit by ashing coloured lights pinned to the wall and a Moranbong Band CD pumps from a stereo in the corner. Two flight attendants sit demurely on a sofa, an animated card game is in progress at the table. The flight engineer from the Tu-154 is already asleep in a chair. Animated conversation forms a steady roar as tales of the week are cut with memories of a Belgrade nightstop and a zero-zero landing in the depth of a Moscow winter.

The team effort of these comrades, patriots all, is the visible peak of a mountain of institutional knowledge as big as Mount Paektu made of Juche-orientated aviating, and whatever the obstacle, decade or politics, the mission is accomplished.