Finally the website of 'Nadaar' is online. Nadaar is a Brussels based collective of photographers and photojournalists, founded by Eric De Mildt, Tim Dirven, Jan Locus, Dieter Telemans and myself at the end of 2008.
In 1864 pioneer photographer Félix "Nadar" Tournachon took photographs of Brussels from "Le Géant", a hot air balloon. Mobile barriers had to be erected to keep the crowd at a safe distance. Since then these barriers are known in Belgium as "Nadaars". Nowadays they are often used to keep photographers at a "safe" distance.
Our collective Nadaar is in the first place a platform for contemporary documentary photography. Photography is an individual, sometimes even lonesome, occupation. Therefor it's good to meet collegues, give feedback on each others work, discuss technical issues or new equipment, exchange contacts and have a beer.
Besides our personnal work, we plan to realise a collective project each year. The first one, a documentary about the diversity of the population of Brussels, will be ready in the summer of 2010.
Being "five in one" we hope to have a better position in dealing with bigger assignments. Because there is power in a union...
Untill January 10, 2010 'Red Journey' can be seen at the Cultuurcentrum in Hasselt. Today was the opening. The spacious gallery allowed me to extend the exhibition to 43 works. That's half the book. I'm very satisfied with it. Here are some photographs. It's better to see them live though...
Hollandse Hoogte is good in selling photographs for book covers. I found two books about Central Asia with my pictures on the cover at the Antwerp Book Fair. "Bentleys in the steppe" by Marona Van de Heuvel is about Kazakhstan. "In Centraal Azië - Een reis langs tradities en godsdiensten" is the result of by Linda Otter's trip through Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. Both books are published by Atlas Amsterdam/Antwerpen.
Le Monde Magazine published a portfolio on 'Red Journey' this weekend. 13 photographs, 8 pages. The story has been sold by Cosmos, my agent in Paris.