Fotography | Carla Kogelman

Mai 21, 2019 – September 1, 2019

Three floors, three photo series, three families
Children’s magical world at the center of work by photographer Carla Kogelman

The work of photographer Carla Kogelman holds a special position in the Netherlands. Her series of children are unique and show their world from the inside. We see them at home, playing, on vacation, with friends or in the setting of the family. From May 19th to September 1st 2019, Stadsmuseum Harderwijk will exhibit work by Kogelman. It is the first time that three of her series will be shown simultaneously.

Carla Kogelman places children at the center of her work. In the series “ich bin Waldviertel” Kogelman follows Hannah, Alena and other children who spend their holidays each year in the Arcadian Austrian Merkenbrechts. No entertainment teams here – endless days on and around the farm, with animals, in nature. The children are closely monitored, without you even having the idea that they are aware of Kogelman’s presence.

In the series that Kogelman made of the Utrecht triplets Soesja, Morris and Tex, you see children who get plenty of space from their parents to discover who they are; from sharing many common things, they increasingly develop their own identity. And the Amsterdam Josline and Loïs – central in the third series – moved with their parents to Benin and built a new life there as children of expats.

Two aspects are crucial to being able to get so close literally and figuratively as a photographer: time and trust. Kogelman therefore spends a lot of time with the children, sometimes a few weeks in a row; years in a row. We know such series in Dutch photography by photographers who follow their own children, like Ed van der Elsken. Carla Kogelman uses her position to make herself invisible. She does not intervene, does not direct, but records what she sees: a magical world that we all need.

Carla Kogelman (Raalte, 1961) graduated in 2011 from the Photo Academy in Amsterdam in the field of Documentary and Portrait. Before that, she worked for 25 years as a theater producer.
With her photos she has been nominated many times for prestigious prizes at home and abroad. She won a large number of prizes, including 6 times a prize at the Zilveren Camera (2011, 2015, 2016 and 2017), twice a first prize at the World Press Photo (2014 and 2018) and recently the World Water Day Photo Contest .

www.carlakogelman.nl

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