50 years of Karel Fonteyne: Ingrid Deuss Gallery honors the Belgian photographer with a solo exhibition
Ingrid Deuss Gallery presents an exhibition by the Belgian photographer Karel Fonteyne (° 1950). The exhibition, entitled 50 years of photography, celebrates the remarkable career of Fonteyne by presenting 6 iconic black and white images from his period as a fashion photographer. Fonteyne, who started out as an art photographer in the 1970s, made the switch to fashion photography in the 1980s.
Through photographic work for Antwerp fashion designers such as Margiela, Bikkembergs and Van Beirendonck, Fonteyne found his way to the international world of fashion photography. In his very personal, experimental and radical style, he created pioneering images that go beyond the classic fashion photo. Each and every one are stories in which symbolism, natural elements, composition and intimacy are central. The women - and men - in his images are mysterious and vulnerable, hidden in haste.
Fonteyne uses photography as a writer uses words, or as a painter uses brushes for telling his strange, mysterious stories. His scenes are carefully constructed and often require a second look. He composes, accumulates his thoughts and feelings into intimate images.
Karel Fonteyne has built up a remarkable and very personal oeuvre, in which his fascination for what we can not grasp with our minds, for what can not be proved, is central.