JEFF COWEN | PHOTOWORKS | HUIS MARSEILLE - MUSEUM VOOR FOTOGRAFIE - AMSTERDAM

12 MARCH- 04 JUNE 2017

OPENING: SATURDAY, 11 MARCH 2017, 5-7 PM

In an age when the world, and the medium of photography in particular, is dominated by digital techniques, and the attribute of authenticity is acquiring ever more value, the work of Jeff Cowen has a special place. In Cowen’s approach the transience and ephemerality of photography is paradoxically united with the immortality and tractability of painting. The modern aspect he imparts to his work is in using the photographic process to transform his subjects into something profoundly personal. The layers that Cowen adds to his photographic works blur the original meanings of his subjects, soften their sharp contours, and affect a transformation that lifts them from the banal to the sublime.

The exhibition Jeff Cowen. Photoworks was created in collaboration with Michael Werner Kunsthandel, Cologne and the Ludwig Museum in Koblenz, where it was on show from 30 October 2016 to 22 January 2017. The exhibition is accompanied by the photobook Jeff Cowen. Photoworks, with texts by Nanda van den Berg and David Campany.

Image: Jeff Cowen, Camille I and II, 2006 © Jeff Cowen, Berlin.