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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.

Thomas Vandenberghe - Black Diary

Jun 11, 2014

I started this series in 2013. I felt the need to document my intimate life. I had always been attracted to the so-called »snapshot« photography, because it records everyday life but it is a very personal form of photography. By working at a 1hour photo service I discovered the value of this personal form†of diaristic photography. An image is often produced to support the act of remembering. Images become significant; they are a material trace of the past preserved for »posterity«. Regardless of the subject matter, the image is often a precious trace of a loved one, a cherished moment… The act of remembering is the very core of Black Diary. I started to capture the moments that symbolized my »dark« periods, quests, pitfalls, all those times I ran away. As Susan Sontag suggested, the »snapshot« provides a physical stand-in for the inherent absence that the image implies. For me, the series is a restless voyage between contrasting feelings of longing and belonging, a back and forth between my desirers and shortcomings. These contrasting feelings are also present in the editing process: the series is not closed. Photos can be added at any time, and the shape and layout may change, depending on my mood. These day's the dark room is a very important part of my process: the printed image is more tangible than a digital one. A print can be touched, passed around, looked at, and written on. There is a connection between my self-awareness, my photographs and the printed image.

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.

Jim Goldberg – Raised By wolves

Jun 16, 2014 - Thomas Vandenberghe

»A short film about Jim Goldberg's book 'Raised by Wolves'. Seeing that the book has been out of print and hard to find, the studio decided to try and share this amazing work by making a movie about it/with it. Combining footage and audio from Jim's archive, along with new video made specifically for this project, we hope it tells Dave & Echo's story in a new and exciting way.«

Leigh Ledare – Double bind

Jun 13, 2014 - Thomas Vandenberghe

Last year I was very impressed by the exhibition of Leigh Ledare at Wiels - Brussels. I had the opportunity to meet the man behind the work during a tour at the exhibition. His work is a great inspiration for my diaristic point of view. A document of an intimate life at a higher level. For his latest project, Double Bind (2010), American artist Leigh Ledare arranged a trip to a remote country house where he spent four days photographing his ex-wife, Meghan Ledare, whom he had divorced five years before. Two months later, his ex-wife returned to the same location, this time with her current husband, Adam Fedderly, a photographer. He also documented her for four days. (more…)

Sorry would have saved me the trip

Jun 11, 2014 - Thomas Vandenberghe

A few months ago I tried to figure out how the photos from »Black Diary« would work in a book, I produced 10 book dummies of »Sorry would have saved me the trip« and although the dummies were well received I felt like I needed more photos to bring it all together. Black Diary was the result of a relationship ending badly, I tried answering a goodbye letter with a series of images that showed my side of the breakup. I used those diary photographs that could help me cope with the mess. »Sorry would have saved me the trip« is about that voyage that everyone needs to embark on in order to find him or herself. During the aftermath of the breakup, six people took me to six different locations. I used these landscapes as the main thread throughout the book. It never became a decent answer to the breakup letter.