Hellen van Meene - Tout va disparaitre


General Photography, Photobooks

vanMeene_NewPhotographs.jpg Previously announced and now on its way to book shops: Hellen van Meene’s new book Tout va disparaitre (note: Amazon has the title and cover wrong). The book contains new photography, taken over the past few years in The Netherlands, Russia, and the US.

HvanMeene_Tout_01.jpg Early this year, Hellen emailed me and asked me whether I would be willing to write an essay, to be included in the book. Given that I have been a long-time fan of Hellen’s work I was more than happy to do that. The essay summarizes a lot of my thinking on portraiture in general, and I am talking about how to approach Hellen’s portraits - what they might say, what they have to offer, and what we might have to do to be able to experience them.
HvanMeene_Tout_02.jpg The new photographs in this book (click on the images in this post to see larger version) continue Hellen’s earlier approach - you can read about the thinking and motivation behind her work here - while expanding it in different directions. For the first time, Hellen used a panoramic camera, and she also added photographs of empty spaces to the mix.
HvanMeene_Tout_03.jpg Tout va disparaitre reproduces the photographs at roughly the size of Hellen’s smaller exhibition prints - so when looking through the book you basically see the photographs the way Hellen intends them to work.

All images are © Hellen van Meene 2009; they’re reproduced courtesy Schirmer/Mosel