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A retrospective of works by Michel Vanden Eeckhoudt opens at the GAF in Hanover on 3 April, continuing until 5 May 2019. The Belgian Leica photographer (1947–2015) has been described as a ‘street hunter’ who applied his profound observational skills anywhere from urban spaces to less likely environments, including zoos.

The GAF presents a retrospective overview of the artist’s oeuvre. Though some of his images appear humorous at first glance, there is nothing quaint about Vanden Eeckhoudt’s work; instead, the viewer is left with a sense of poignant ambiguity – a feeling that is best described as ‘bittersweet’, which is both the title of this exhibition and a photo book released by Kehrer Publishing. The featured images are mysterious, bordering on the surreal. “I like that the pictures pose questions that inspire reflection,” the photographer once said. “Humour and pain, lightness and fear: these dualities are ever-present in my work. That’s how life is.”

For further information visit:
Galerie für Fotografie Hannover
Kehrer Verlag

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