Exhibitions at Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam
In the 1950s and 60s, a colourful collection of inhabitants of Bamako, capital of Mali, posed for Seydou Keïta (1921-2001, Mali).
People visited Keïta’s studio to have their picture taken at their best: wearing extravagant dresses made from wonderful textiles with splendidly formed headdresses, or posing in a modern Western suit with a bow tie, leaning against a motorcycle, or with a radio tucked under their arm. His oeuvre reflects a portrait of an era that captures Bamako&rsqu… more
A Snake That Disappeared Through A Hole In The Wall
According to an old Slavic legend, a snake inhabits people’s homes and brings happiness and prosperity to the household. This ‘snake housekeeper’ was traditionally welcomed with a bowl of milk on the threshold. The story is one of the many folk tales from the Czech Republic which Tereza Zelenkova (1985, Ostrava) seeks to revive. Over the course of two years, the artist accumulated numerous stories that formed the starting point for extensive journeys through the landscape of he… more
For Dutch artist Daniëlle van Ark (1974) photography is the most ephemeral of all media. With the development of steadily more advanced reproduction technologies, the expiration date of a photograph seems to diminish exponentially. Where the photograph was a unique and precious item in the nineteenth century, today everyone can record and reproduce memories at just a push of a button. But amidst the deluge of fleeting images produced and consumed every day, to what extent can something or s… more
Gold & Silver offers a contemporary insight into the Gold Rush that captured the United States in the mid-nineteenth century. Two great myths or crazy dreams became reality: filling your pockets with the most precious metal and fixing your image in metal. At the time gold and silver were used in the photographic process. The Foam exhibition Gold and Silver emphasizes this relationship between the gold rush and the early photography.
Halfway through the nineteenth century many adventurers dr… more
Human Nature is a series of interconnected stories about nature, people, government, and the science of our relationship to wilderness. Lucas Foglia (b. 1983, US) deftly navigates the strange conceptual territory, where wild nature is both a quenching oasis and a shimmering mirage. His photographs show people gazing at nature, touching it, submerging themselves in it, studying it, nursing it, killing it, profiting off it, and, often just barely, surviving upon it.
Lucas Foglia grew up on a sma… more
Jacob Riis’ social reformative photography
When Danish immigrant Jacob Riis (1849-1914) sets foot on American soil in 1870 in New York City, he is penniless. His impoverish background stimulates the twenty-one year old to concern himself with the poor living conditions of inhabitants of the city’s Lower East Side. During the following years, Riis becomes an important journalist and social reformer, and is seen as one of the founders of documentary photography. With captivating and p… more
Foam proudly presents the final exhibition of the collaborative project Amsterdam Vertelt.
Amsterdam Vertelt has been organised by the public library OBA and Foam over the last two years. The most beautiful stories and photographs resulting from workshops in various areas of Amsterdam are showcased in the four editions of Amsterdam Vertelt Magazine. Twenty-six participants are featured in the magazine and their portraits, shot by photographer Coco Plooijer, are the focus of the exhibition on s… more
Winner Outset | Unseen exhibition Fund
During Unseen Amsterdam 2017, Theo Simpson (b. 1986, UK) was selected by an international jury as the recipient of the Outset | Unseen Exhibition Fund. Foam presents his forthcoming exhibition at Foam. Theo Simpson’s work stands out for its unique visual language, which combines photography with alternate forms of material expression such as sculpture and site-specific work. Simpson uses his own local landscape of Northern England as the starting point for an exploration of the dynamic int… more
The 19th Century in the 21st Century
Back to the Future is an exhibition presenting the work of contemporary artists who use photographic techniques, methods and processes that trace back to those used by nineteenth century photographers. These artists not only draw inspiration from those pioneering years, but also find surprising new ways to continue in that same tradition.
Today, photography’s current state is reminiscent of the early years of the medium, when the discipline had not yet found a definitive, standardised for… more
Foam Paul Huf Award 2017
Mader won the Foam Paul Huf Award for his series Ekaterina, depicting the search for a bride in the fictitious city of Ekaterina. The series is part of the exhibition, which consists of several projects that jointly form a narrative about a naive young man in search of happiness. Mader plays with the tension between reality and fiction. His work stands out for the humour and irony with which he addresses serious topics such as loneliness, love, exploitation and the female body. Beneath the seemi… more
Foam presents the first major solo museum exhibition by Anouk Kruithof (1981, Dordrecht) as part of the exhibition series Next Level.
The work of Kruithof is a refreshingly original contribution to contemporary photography. Approaching the medium from a great variety of angles, her works are equally versatile, ranging from photo collages to video animations, installations, sculptures, publications, performances and public interventions. Common premise is a fascination for the online represent… more
In November 2016 and March 2017 Stefanie Moshammer visited the Haitian island Île-à-Vache. What looks like the Caribbean dream straight from a stock photograph, with waving palms and white beaches, is also a place of unfulfilled promises. Besides the beautiful surroundings of the deep blue ocean, bright green nature and colourful streets, cities and sea shores are also coloured by litter and waste, from plastic bottles and bags to polystyrene wrappings. In her series Tomorrow of Yes… more
André Kertész (1894-1985) is renowned for the exceptional contribution he made to the visual language of 20th-century photography with his poetic work. Foam presents a retrospective of his oeuvre, examining his early work created in his homeland of Hungary, his time in Paris – where between 1925 and 1936, he was a leading figure in avant-garde photography – through to New York, where he lived for nearly fifty years. In an interview, Kertész once said: “Ever… more
20 international young artists
Foam is proud to present the work of twenty new Foam Talents. The annual Talent Call is an international search for exceptionally talented photographers under the age of 35. The submissions form an intriguing barometer of current developments in contemporary photography.
The Foam Talent programme is a career building platform that helps launch aspiring image-makers into the international photography industry, giving them global acclaim and recognition. Many artists once selected as Foam Talent … more
Foam welcomes photography collective Ruang Mes 56 from Indonesia for a collaborative presentation of Indonesian talent at Foam 3h. For the exhibition Foam X Ruang Mes 56 two young artists, Yudha Kusuma Putera and Andri William were chosen to present their work. Both artists focus on collaboration and on engagement with others.
The starting point for the exhibition is the Indonesian tradition of gotong royong. In Indonesian society, the communal spirit is a quintessential aspect of culture. It… more
In collaboration with NEU NOW, Foam presents the work of Dutch visual artist Robert Glas (NL, 1986) in the exhibition Before the Law.
His projects scrutinise legislative processes around immigration and personal identification. His practice is an ongoing investigation into the technologies used by nation-states to monitor the movement of people across territories. This process results in short films, photographs and installations, a selection of which will be on display in Foam 3h, Fo… more
The camera can be a powerful weapon against repression, racism, violence, and inequality. The American photographer Gordon Parks (1912-2006) referred to the camera as his “weapon of choice” and used photography to expose the deep divisions in American society. Parks was an important champion of equal rights for African Americans and in his work addressed themes such as poverty, marginalisation and injustice. Aside from his iconic portraits of legends like Martin Luther King, he espec… more
In his work, Adam Jeppesen (b. 1978) searches for the silence in desolate landscapes and the physical elements the artist surrenders to.
Foam presents the exhibition Out of Camp by the Danish artist in the summer of 2017. Foam presents five recent series: Folded (2014-present), Scatter (2014-2016), Ghosts (2013-2014), Parts (2011-2014) and XCopy (2011-2012). These series are the result of a solitary 487-day journey from the North Pole to Antarctica. The images of remote, rugged landscapes are … more
Foam welcomes the African Artists’ Foundation for a collaborative presentation of young African talent at Foam 3h.
The African Artists’ Foundation (AAF) is a non-profit organisation based in Nigeria, dedicated to the promotion and development of contemporary African art. Together, Foam and the AAF present the work of three young photographers from Kenya and Nigeria: Mũchiri Njenga (1985), Osborne Macharia (1986) and Kadara Enyeasi (1994). Their works present fantastical world… more
In the collaborative project titled No Joke, artists Roger Ballen (1950, VS) and Asger Carlsen (1973, DK) explore the more sinister sides of the human psyche. Together the duo produced 37 images, without ever working in the same studio at the same time: their creative exchange and co-creation has been a purely online affair. Their menacing work evokes a sense of anxiety and longing that is usually experienced only in dreams.
Although Roger Ballen lives in Johannesburg and Asger Carlsen in New Y… more
To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the museum, Foam is organising a broad range of activities under the title Collaborate! and is present in Arles during the opening week of the international photography festival Les Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles 2017 in France (3-9 July). In collaboration with Regards & Mémoires, Foam transforms the monumental building La Bourse du Travail, in central Arles, into a discussion- and meeting place with expositions and presentations. One … more
Over recent years, in all kinds of places around the globe, collectives have been formed that are not tied to specific institutes or to ways of organising activities that are imposed from above. There is a growing tendency among photographers and artists as well to join forces and organise themselves. Many such collectives are based on do-it-yourself principles of ‘cut out the middle man’. Although their points of departure, artistic strategies, processes and visual end products are … more
The American photographer William Eggleston (1939, Memphis Tennessee, US) is widely considered one of the leading photographers of the past decades. He has been a pioneer of colour photography from the mid-1960s onwards, and transformed everyday America into a photogenic subject. In the exhibition William Eggleston – Los Alamos, Foam displays 75 photographs that were taken on various road trips through the southern states of America between 1966 and 1974. The exhibition includes a number o… more
The exhibition New Perspectives presents the results from the educational project of the same name, which ran from January until May 2017.
New Perspectives is a project initiated by Foam that helps newcomers and people granted temporary residence participate in society through a range of workshops, tours, masterclasses and exchanges linked to photography. The objective is to use photography to stimulate creative encounters and language development amongst Amsterdam residents. The exhibition pr… more
Foam Paul Huf Award winner 2016
In the exhibition Matter, Foam presents new three-dimensional work by Daisuke Yokota (Saitama, b. 1983). Three installations revolve around the tactile aspects of photography, in which the outcome of the artwork is not determined by the camera, but by experiments with the material forms of the medium. Previously in his artistic practice Yokota would re-use images that he took years ago, but that keep re-appearing in different ways through various analogue and digital processes. In these new work… more
Foam welcomes Hydra, a young photography platform based in Mexico City, for a collaborative presentation of young talent from Mexico at Foam 3h.
From workshops on bookmaking to curating exhibitions, Hydra organises a range of photography-related activities, establishing a vibrant network of contemporary photographers in the process. Foam and Hydra present the work of two young talents in Mexican photography: Nelson Morales (1982) and Diego Moreno (1992). Mexico’s complex history has crea… more
Stéphanie Solinas uses her work to explore contemporary ideas about identity that are informed by practical applications within photography.
The exhibition Dominique Lambert / Le Pourquoi Pas? presents two series by the French photographer Stéphanie Solinas. In her work, Solinas attempts to materialise abstract concepts such as identity or the spiritual in a systematic and factual manner. She employs photography as a part of a diverse array of research methods – al… more
Provocative, but also poetic. Foam is exhibiting the explicit photographs of Ren Hang (1987, CN). The photographer was selected by the Outset | Unseen Exhibition Fund during the Unseen Photo Fair 2016, his exhibition at Foam is the result.
Naked youths, mostly Chinese and every one as beautiful and unashamed as the next, take centre stage in the work of Ren Hang. Swans, peacocks, fish and snakes, as well as cherries, apples, flowers, plants and trees are all employed as absurd yet poetic acces… more
In the exhibition Hiroshi Sugimoto - Black Box, Foam presents an overview of the work of Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto (b. 1948, Tokyo). The exhibition is divided into five sections devoted to the artist’s major series: Theaters (1976-ongoing); Lightning Fields (2006-ongoing); Dioramas (1976-2012); Portraits (1994-1999); and Seascapes (1980-ongoing). On display are a total of 34 large-format works, selected by guest curator Philip Larratt-Smith, that offer a survey of the artist’s… more
Boundaries presents the first solo-exhibition of Harley Weir (b. 1988, London). With a remarkable eye for detail, she finds beauty in the mundane. Close to the skin of her objects, Weir’s intimate approach is what marks her work in any context, be it a border zone in a politically charged area, or in a room with a model. The title of this exhibition refers to what is ultimately dissolved in the work of Harley Weir. But even as she crosses the lines of what usually holds people apart, on pe… more
Black Chalk and White Charcoal or the Myth of the Absent Matter is an exhibition of the monumental and mysterious work of Brazilian Sofia Borges (b. Ribeirão Preto, 1984).
In her own intuitive manner, Borges photographs paintings, drawings, sculptures, maps, fossils, stuffed animals and dioramas, all of which are models of reality that we use as ways of trying to get a grip on the world around us and, by doing so, to give it meaning.
Borges photographs details and carefully selects the … more
This autumn, Foam will present a large solo exhibition by the Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei (1957, China).
As a political refugee who lived under constant government surveillance, the artist feels related to the growing influx of refugees attempting to enter Europe. Since his first visit to the Greek island of Lesbos in December 2015, he and his team have travelled to refugee camps all around the Mediterranean, including in Syria, Turkey, Italy, Israel and France.
The exhibition in Foa… more
Foam presents the first major museum solo exhibition by Amsterdam and New York based Melanie Bonajo, who holds a unique position in contemporary art. She has become an unconventional artist working in different disciplines including photography, video, installations, publications, performance and music. An interesting feature is her anarchist approach and her dynamic ability to constantly escape social conventions.
Since 2012, Melanie Bonajo has been working on her video trilogy Night Soil. In… more
Foam presents a selection of photographs from the collection at the OBA, the Amsterdam Public Library.
From 2 September until 30 November 2016, Foam presents the exhibition Reading Images in the OBA as a part of educational project Amsterdam Vertelt.
The meaning of a photo is often not as clear as it seems. We can read the image, but do we know how to read a visual image? What is a picture, an image anyway? Does it tell us all the same story, or do we look at it from different points of view?
A Hundred Years of Albanian Studio Photography
In the exhibition The Marubi Dynasty – A hundred years of Albanian studio photography, Foam is showing a selection of photos from the archive of the Albanian photographic studio Marubi (1856-1959).
Three generations of photographers made studio portraits of a wide variety of people, ranging from the urban bourgeoisie, shepherds, the Ottoman emperor and King Zog, to criminals and famous actors and painters.
In about 1850, not long after the invention of photography, the Italian Pietro M… more
Made of China
From 16 September onwards, Foam devotes its project space 3h to Made of China, brand new work by visual artist Olya Oleinic (1991, Moldova).
In her practice she researches the aesthetics of advertising as a tool for communication. The circulation of advertisements is a determinant aspect of our culture; artistic reflection upon this subject provides insight into the effects and influence of commerce upon daily life. For Made of China, Oleinic researched one of the main driving forces of our con… more
In 2005, 2009 and 2012, Museum Van Loon already graciously opened its historical rooms for Foam. The two museums are located opposite each other on the Keizersgracht. Since Foam will be closing its doors temporarily to prepare its major exhibition Helmut Newton – A Retrospective, Foam and Museum van Loon are again organising an exhibition together, called Second Skin. In this exciting collaboration between the two institutions, five contemporary artists explore the human body through photo… more
From 17 June 2016, Foam will present a major exhibition of the work of Helmut Newton (Berlin, 1920 - West Hollywood, 2004), a legendary, supremely influential photographer. Taking over the entire building on Amsterdam’s Keizersgracht, the retrospective features in excess of 200 photographs, ranging from early prints that rarely go on display to monumental photos. Newton is responsible for a rich, authentic and complex oeuvre that can be considered one of the most iconic of the last quarter… more
Simultaneously with Helmut Newton - A Retrospective, Foam 3h is exhibiting three young photographers who are working at the cutting edge of fashion, portrait and glamour photography.
Selected artists each demonstrate a strong, unconventional visual language in both their commercial and autonomous work, reminiscent in various ways of certain Helmut Newton influences.
In contrast to the majority of the fashion world, Carlijn Jacobs (1991, NL) does not aim for perfection, but for unconventiona… more
24 innovative image makers under the age of 35
Each year, Foam organises an international Talent Call to identify young, emerging photographers under the age of 35. Foam is delighted to announce the names of the 2016 Foam Talents. The 2016 Talent Call for Foam Magazine had a total of 1494 submissions from 75 different countries across 6 continents. Once again, the jury was delighted by the impressive variety and high quality of all submissions. The work of 24 selected photographers will be featured in the upcoming Foam Magazine Talent Issue.… more
Between 1915 and 1959, American studio photographer Mike Disfarmer (1884-1959) made portraits of the residents of Heber Springs, a small town in rural Arkansas. Only after his death did his work become known internationally and regarded as a typical example of classic American portrait photography. Foam is staging a major retrospective, with 182 vintage photographs, including a number of 8 x 10 inch prints that have never been exhibited before.
Disfarmer started life as Mike Meyer, one of seve… more
From April, Foam will present the exhibition Calais - From Jungle to City by photographer Henk Wildschut (b. Harderwijk, the Netherlands, 1967). Close to the seaport of Calais in France, the heart of democratic Europe, a parallel world has existed for ten years. Here refugees from Africa and the Middle East wait for a chance to cross to the United Kingdom. Henk Wildschut has been following the growing influx of refugees in Calais since 2005. Over the past year he stepped up his visits and watche… more
Foam presents Shelter Island, the newest work of Roe Ethridge (1969, US). At the eastern end of Long Island, New York, the photographer turned to his family and the characteristically American ‘Kit House’ they rented for the summer of 2015. There he became fascinated by a range of stored away possessions from the homeowners and their children.
Employing an array of classic photographic genres – from portraiture to still life to landscape – Ethridge captures his subjects … more
Foam is pleased to present the first international exhibition of Jack Davison (1990, United Kingdom). The twenty-five-year-old studied English literature and is an autodidact photographer. His work shows a passion for the discipline’s history, and in it we can see Davison revisiting a diverse range of genres, styles, and techniques spanning from avant-garde experiment to objective documentary, and from 20th-century portraiture to conceptual study. Yet his practice is very contemporary as w… more
Foam presents the work of famed French photographer Jacques Henri Lartigue (1894 – 1986). Born into a prosperous middle-class family in Paris, Lartigue focused his camera on the carefree existence in and around his own family circle. Lartigue is above all famous for his spectacular photos of car races, aeroplanes and people and animals in motion. But his breath-taking colour photography is less well known. Lartigue, Life in Colour reveals this seldom-seen aspect of his oeuvre.
Foam presents Blanco, the first major museum-based solo exhibition by Awoiska van der Molen (b. Groningen, 1972), featuring the monochrome landscape photography she has been working on since 2009. Van der Molen’s work, which was shown in 2007 in Foam 3h, garnered a great deal of praise last summer at the Unseen Photo Fair, where she presented new work. Foam shows a broad selection of her handmade gelatin silver prints, mostly in large format.
The exhibition Blanco is the result of long pe… more
Foam presents an exhibition with the work of the Belgian photographer Vincent Delbrouck (Brussels, 1975). New Paintings is a mediation on the beauty of bright colours, reflected by simple objects, plants and the human body, which Delbrouck encountered during his various travels. Inspired by painting, he aims to capture the flow of life through his photography, photobooks and installations.
Vincent Delbrouck integrates his personal, contextual and fictional perspectives to produce lasting impres… more
Visual artist Thomas Kuijpers shows a diorama devoted to the Twin Towers. As a modern-day Don Quixote, using an absurd collection of kitsch images and objects, the artist recreates the iconic imagery of New York’s skyline pre-9/11. At first sight, it seems a naïve attempt to reconstruct this romantic image from before the dramatic one that is so strongly engrained in our collective memory that it is nearly impossible to imagine otherwise.
It all started with the purchase of a paintin… more
Foam shows an overview of the exceptional and intense work of an American photographer, Francesca Woodman (1958-1981). Woodman used photography as an extremely personal means of expression, as if wearing her skin inside out, making herself the only subject of her work. Her photographs were shown in a number of major international exhibitions and they have inspired artists all over the world.
Before committing suicide at the age of twenty-two, Woodman explored themes such as gender, representati… more
In the exhibition My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, Foam presents work by Paul Bogaers (Tilburg, 1961) which he created in the last five years. During this period, his work has developed from two-dimensional photo combinations to the three-dimensional domain of assemblage, sculpture and installation, in which photography plays a vital role. Bogaers makes extensive use of paper mâché – a material not often embraced by fine artists. Association and suggestion have always been impor… more
Contemporary Chinese photography
Seven important artists, from different generations, reflect on today’s China in the exhibition We May Have Met Before.
Following the successful presentation in the Chinese cities of Shenzhen, Beijing and Shanghai of exhibitions put together by Foam, this autumn the museum will be staging We May Have Met Before, an exhibition of the work of seven contemporary Chinese artists, compiled by the internationally famous Chinese curator Feng Boyi, Liu Gang and Wang Dong.
Seven important artists… more
With New Arrivals, Bruno Zhu (Portugal, 1991) remodels the Foam 3h library into another reading room – one that flattens the representation of reading itself. Twisting time and space, both physically and conceptually, the installation juxtaposes visual motifs from the private space into the public and vice versa. This way, Zhu light-heartedly explores his fascination for photography’s ambivalent symbol as surface and object, representation and appropriation.During New Arrivals, the F… more
The exhibition Magnum Contact Sheets shows the magic surrounding the all-encompassing ‘decisive moment’ and how iconic images come to exist. This exhibition offers insight into the working methods of the world’s most famed journalistic photographers, by looking at their original contact sheets. The exhibition consists of 60 contact sheets and associated single images and offers a chronological overview of outstanding historical moments from the 1930s to 2010. Work can be seen … more
Foam presents the first major solo exhibition of visual artist Anne de Vries (born 1977, The Hague) in which existing and new work are combined.
Anne de Vries grew up in a time in which the internet, Photoshop, Tumblr and mobile upload feeds came to seem entirely natural. They embrace the fluid, dynamic world that exists in the computer and the new world facilitated by it, deploying photography as an important part of a far broader artistic practice, in which a diversity of materials, techniqu… more
Paul Huf Award 2015
Foam proudly presents Bible and Dildo, an exhibition of the work of Momo Okabe (Tokyo, 1981). Okabe was chosen by an international jury as the winner of the Foam Paul Huf Award 2015. She won the prize for her two remarkable projects about Japanese society and Okabe’s intimate relationships with two transgender lovers, whom she followed during their processes of transition.
Bible and Dildo revolves around the struggles of Momo Okabe’s lovers and friends, who are outsiders in Japanes… more
When the young French photographer Jean-Vincent Simonet (Lyon, 1991) came across the book Les Chants de Maldoror (The Songs of Maldoror), he felt hugely attracted to the dark, theatrical and transgressive character. The cutting-edge book praising youth revolt, blasphemy and the victory of dream over reality was published in 1869 by Comte de Lautréamont. Jean-Vincent Simonet decided to revive the literary enigma by transforming the classic novel into a contemporary book and exhibition Mald… more
Photography in the Capital of Cool
This summer, Foam presents Swinging Sixties London – Photography in the Capital of Cool. The thematic group show immerses visitors in the dazzling London of the sixties, an era bursting with possibilities. The presentation touches upon all of the remarkable developments in and around photography at the time: fashion, celebrities, music, magazines, design and social change. In the exhibition, Foam brings together the work of iconic photographers of the sixties – who in their heyday we… more
Foam is pleased to present the first solo exhibition of the young French artist Noémie Goudal (b. Paris, 1984). Her portfolio was published in the 2012 annual Talent issue of Foam Magazine, and Foam has been closely following her strong and consistent development ever since.
Typical of Goudal’s work are layered photos of quiet, mysterious landscapes which she combines with elements of modernist architecture appearing to have an archaic quality. The landscape becomes a theatrical s… more
Foam proudly presents The Nine and The Ninety Nine, an exhibition of the American photographer Katy Grannan (1969, USA), comprising her two newest series which are shown here for the first time outside the United States.
Grannan is renowned for her remarkable and intimate portraits of strangers, most of whom are somehow living on the fringes of society. The titles of the series refer to (former) highways in the U.S. state California, U.S. route 9 and U.S. route 99, along which she met the indiv… more
The work of Sjoerd Knibbeler (1981) focuses on visualising invisible natural phenomena such as the wind, air movement and climatological conditions. Knibbeler creates a world that follows his own logic, where associative relationships and imagination play a key part. He is inspired by subjects such as flying, aeroplanes, aerodynamics and climatology.
The exhibition at Foam 3h, Digging Up Clouds, brings together various projects by Knibbeler related to with these themes. In addition to photos fr… more
Foam presents the first international solo exhibition of Nerhol. This successful artist duo was founded in 2007 in Japan, as a collaboration between the graphic designer Yoshihisa Tanaka (1980) and the sculptor Ryuta Iida (1981). Together they explore the concept of the photographic portrait. By combining photographic and sculptural techniques, the artists reveal a complexity that photography usually obscures.
Traditionally, a portrait presents a three-dimensional face on a flat plane. But Nerh… more
Foam presents an exceptional and, until now, little-known theme in the voluminous oeuvre of the well-known Dutch painter Carel Willink. In the 1930s, he began to photograph the Amsterdam sky from his apartment and studio, overlooking the famous Rijksmuseum, to use as material for sketches. These clouded skies were hidden away for years in his archive of negatives managed by his widow Sylvia Willink-Quiël. There they stayed until last year when Willem van Zoetendaal, photography expert, boo… more
For their solo exhibition To Photograph the Details of a Dark Horse in Low Light, internationally highly acclaimed artists Adam Broomberg (South Africa, 1970) and Oliver Chanarin (Great Britain, 1971) lead viewers through a meandering and disturbing history lesson on the relationship between photography and race.
In response to a commission to 'document' Gabon, Broomberg and Chanarin made several trips to the West African country to photograph a series of rare initiation rit… more
Foam is proud to present the Netherlands' first solo exhibition by Belgian artist Geert Goiris (born Bornem, 1971). Very few people in the Netherlands are familiar with his unconventional visual language and serious tone.
Goiris occupies a unique position in the field of contemporary photography. His layered photos of sublime landscapes, modernist architecture and reserved portraits possess a strange, unreal beauty with no perception of time and space, and are vaguely reminiscent of the v… more
Regine Petersen (b. 1976, Germany) was selected by an international jury as the most promising photographer at the Unseen international photography fair in 2014. As winner of the Outset|Unseen Exhibition Fund, Petersen has been awarded an exhibition in Foam's 3h space for young talent. Foam is proud to present her long-term project Find a Fallen Star in this space. Petersen is inspired by stories about falling meteorites and makes use of her strong narrative qualities in her work. Wit… more
New Positions in American Photography
New Positions in American Photography
Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam and Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation proudly present Under Construction – New Positions in American Photography, a group exhibition featuring ten young American and Canadian visual artists who are all explicitly engaged in a fundamental reassessment of the value and significance of photography in the early 21st century. Even though the results of the artists' individual practices are very diverse, the mentality, methodology and presentation … more
A homage to Frido Troost
Foam presents a short-term exhibition on the publication of the photobook Shining in Absence. It is a special honour to the photography historian Frido Troost (1960 – 2013), who passed away in 2013. Both the book and the exhibition are edited and designed by the advertising specialist and curator Erik Kessels. The book is published by AMC Books (London) and will be presented on Thursday April 2, 2015 during the opening of the exhibition.
‘I wish you many happy returns of this day. … more
Foam is proud to present a major solo exhibition of the famous Japanese photographer Araki. 'ARAKI Ojo Shashu - Photography for the Afterlife: Alluring Hell' gives a distinct reflection on Araki's oeuvre, renowned for the master's perpetual focus on daily life and his intertwining themes of Life (Sex) and Death. The exhibition comprises both his notorious early work, as well as very recent series that have never been shown in the Netherlands before. The exhibition offers a un… more
Vivian Maier, Street Photographer is a retrospective exhibition featuring the work of a female street photographer whose impressive oeuvre was only discovered at the end of her life – and then immediately caused a worldwide sensation. Vivian Maier (New York, 1926 – 2009) worked as a professional nanny throughout her life. In her free time, she documented life in large American cities such as New York and Chicago, although no one in her immediate circle ever saw the results. She left … more
Foam is proud to present the work of the Swedish
photographer JH Engström (1969) in the exhibition 'Close
Surrounding'. Engström divides his time between Paris, France and
his birthplace in Värmland, Sweden. The manoeuvring between the
slow pace of country life and the stimulating energy of the city is
essential in Engström's life. This is reflected in his pure and
authentic photographs and in the exhibition at Foam. The exhibition
includes unique, previously u… more
New Positions in American Photography
Foam presents 'Under Construction - New Positions in
American Photography', a group exhibition featuring the work of
nine young American and Canadian artists: Sara VanDerBeek, Lucas
Blalock, Joshua Citarella, Jessica Eaton, Daniel Gordon, Owen Kydd,
Matt Lipps, Matthew Porter and Kate Steciw. Even though the results
of the artists' individual artistic practices are very diverse, the
mentality, methodology and presentation of their work show a number
of remarkable similarities.
A … more
In 2013 the Gieskes-Strijbis Fund and Foam awarded Doina
Kraal the Foam 3h Award to grant her the opportunity to create a
new work or to make an artists' book. This led to the project
'Touche-à-Tou't, a traveling installation that builds on her
multimedia installation 'In de
Rarekiek' which was presented in 2012 as part of the Foam 3h
program and which resulted in winning the 3h award. Touche-à-Tout
will be a similar, smaller, but new installation, with whi… more
A special unit of the National People's Army in the
former DDR was tasked with the production of fake weaponry and the
development of camouflage techniques. After the reunion of Germany
this practice was continued and still exists today. The work of the
unit called 'Tarnen und Täuschen' (Disguise and Deception) consists
of creating impressions and experiences. Therefore their work can
be considered as an artistic intervention. The underlying principle
of 'Tarnen und T&au… more
Foam welcomes the exhibition Shadows, Patterns,
Pears by the American artist Daniel
Gordon (b. 1980 Boston, USA). Gordon was chosen as
the winner of the Foam Paul Huf Award 2014. This
prize is organised by Foam and awarded annually to a young,
promising international photographer under 35. The exhibition
features a selection of colorful portraits and still lifes, created
and photographed between 2010 and 2014.
The jury voted unanimously for Daniel Gordon whose work draws
from the classical genr… more
In his exhibition Paintings and Sculpture, Egon van Herreweghe shows a different side to photography. In his inability to reproduce reality, his work reveals the creative process behind the evolution of autonomous images. The results of his studies are fleeting presentations and brief spatial interventions that cleverly show the status of the image and its genetic material. Over the past years, Egon van Herreweghe has been collecting photos and clippings from newspapers, magazines and books. He … more
Foam presents two renowned and controversial projects by photographer and filmmaker Larry Clark. Tulsa (1971) and Teenage Lust (1983) are Clark's earliest bodies of work and reveal a youth culture, which at the time was totally unknown to the greater public. Images of sex, violence and drug use permeate both series, which were also published as books. At the time of their release, both projects caused a great deal of commotion due to the rawness of the images, but the truth of what th… more
The Don't Stop Now: Fashion Photography Next exhibition, organised by Foam in collaboration with guest curator Magdalene Keaney, starts out from the fact that fashion photographers are first and foremost photographers. The exhibition provides a platform for a new generation of image-makers who work with fashion. Don't Stop Now: Fashion Photography Next offers an exciting glimpse into the wealth of contemporary practices in fashion photography, resulting in a dynamic, colourful and mult… more
This year marks twenty years since the genocide in Rwanda. In light of this, Foam presents Love Radio, a transmedia exhibition of Eefje Blankevoort and Anoek Steketee about the complex process of reconciliation in post-genocide Rwanda, told by means of the popular radio soap Musekeweya ('New Dawn'). The project Love Radio straddles the thin line between fact and fiction. The photographs and video-installations do not strictly adopt a documentary approach. The camera is not only being used to r… more
Belgian Autumn. A confabulated
history is a visual research into one of the
greatest enigmas in Belgian history: The Gang of Nivelles, also
known as the Brabant killers. Based on objective information from
police reports, files and newspaper clippings as well as
eyewitnesses and personal accounts about the violent crimes of the
gang, documentary photographer Jan Rosseel (Brussels, 1979) has
reconstructed events that took place almost thirty years
ago. At Foam, and in
collaboration with artist Mi… more
Daisuke Yokota is part of a leading young generation of Japanese photographers. This exhibition presents work from his Site/Cloud series . His images in predominantly black and white - sometimes with a subtle hint of colour - show a haunting, indefinable world with shadowy, anonymous apparitions and nondescript places, contrasted with sublime, colourful representations of skies and clouds which evoke feelings of timelessness.
With his strongly contrasted black-and-white photography, Yokota se… more
Foam is proud to present Reflected - Works from the Foam Collection, the first exhibition of works selected from its own collection. Foam has been collecting photography actively since 2007. The collection has been growing steadily and now, comprises more than 400 photos. Films and photography-related installations are also well represented. The collection is an active and dynamic part of Foam and a reflection of its exhibition programme, in which the emphasis is placed on the support, signallin… more
In her multimedia installation Domestic Science, Annegien van Doorn sets in motion everyday substances such as toothpaste, custard and mayonnaise. In 3h, Foam's exhibition space for young international talent, she presents photographic and video work which establishes relationships between ordinary, everyday and banal objects from our daily lives. The objects that Van Doorn uses in her work move beyond their day-to-day function and thus take on a new form. Domestic objects that are usually … more
Foam presents The Enclave by Richard Mosse, a major new multi-media installation which represented Ireland at the 55th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia. The installation consists of six large screens which represent the conflict situation in Congo, shot with infrared film that was designed for camouflage detection resulting in vibrant, psychedelic magenta coloured sites of the jungle war zone. Besides the film installation, related photo works are presented.
Throughout 2012… more
In 2013, the annual Foam Paul Huf Award was awarded to the Swiss duo Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs (b. 1979). The international jury was deeply impressed: "As true illusionists intent on pushing against the boundaries of the medium, Onorato & Krebs skillfully engage their audiences and convey some of the magic that lies at the core of photographic image-making." Foam is proud to present Adding, Adding, Adding including brand new work by this duo, as part of the award.
Onorato &a… more
In 3h, Foam's project space for young international talent, Ola Lanko presents her latest project All year round, a novel study and representation of the notion of time. It consists of 365 photographic works of the same view of the IJ waterway in Amsterdam, offering a literal overview of a year. It acts as a visual archive of all the details and events recorded by the camera during that period of time. The project is presented as a spatial installation, offering both the opportunity to experienc… more
Kaveh Golestan (1950-2003) was an important and prolific Iranian documentary photographer and a pioneer of street photography. His photographic practice has hugely informed the work of future generations of Iranian artists but has remained seriously over-looked in Europe. Kaveh Golestan - The Citadel presents 45 vintage photographs from the series entitled Prostitute taken between 1975-1977 of women working in the Citadel of Shahr-e No, the red light district of Teheran. The photographs will be … more
Foam finishes 2013 with a unique retrospective exhibition of the work of William Klein. The entire museum will be dedicated to the life and work of this legendary photographer, filmmaker and designer. The career of William Klein (b. 1928) spans more than sixty years. His work had an immense influence on photography during the second half of the twentieth century. The exhibition gives ample coverage to Klein’s ground-breaking work in New York in the 1950s while also displaying work made in… more
Photographer Cristina De Middel (1975, Spain) chose as the starting point for her project The Afronauts a little-known episode from Zambia's history. This was a space programme started by an educator which suddenly entered Zambia in the space race with the United States and Russia. Its aim was to put the first African on the moon. Due to a lack of financial resources, however, the ambitious initiative was doomed to failure. Fifty years later, De Middel reconstructs this story, using her own… more
Foam proudly presents a solo exhibition by the American photographer Lee Friedlander (1934, US). This exhibition features the series America by Car and The New Cars 1964. The automobile has come to symbolize the American dream and the associated urge for freedom. It is therefore no surprise that cars play a central role in both series, now receiving their first showing in the Netherlands.
America by Car documents Friedlander's countless wanderings around the United States over the pas… more
40 years of Dutch Magazine Photography
This exhibition presents an overview of forty years of photography from leading Dutch magazines as reflected by the work of five photographers: C. Barton van Flymen, Bart van Leeuwen, Boudewijn Neuteboom, Bart Nieuwenhuijs and Peter van der Velde. They determined for a significant part the look of lifestyle magazines from the last 40 years. Their work, commissioned by magazines such as Avenue, Elegance, Avantgarde and Nieuwe Revu, had a great influence on advertising and fashion photography in t… more
The Dalston Anatomy exhibition by Lorenzo Vitturi is an ode to the sensual pleasures of the bustling London’s Ridley Road Market. “The market is a unique place where you can get to understand the people of Dalston in Hackney. Everyone together in this place makes it feel special.”
Near this vibrant and kaleidoscopic market is the studio of Lorenzo Vitturi (1980, Venice Italy) located. The photographer spent time at the market taking pictures, making sculptures and creatin… more
With his publication Handbook to the Stars (2012) as starting point for the eponymous Foam 3h exhibition, the Hungarian artist Peter Puklus (1980) attempts to portray his own universe and to provide insight into how his photographic works relate to each other: like galaxies in relative proximity to one another that are bound together by their own gravitational force. The images function alongside each another and through one another, have no sequence or chronology, but exist individually even as… more
This summer Foam presents a series of new work by Marnix Goossens (b. Leeuwarden, 1967). In the exhibition Yonder. Goossens concentrates on surrogate nature in slightly run-down interiors, showing man’s secret yearnings for exotic destinations and snow-covered mountains in the form of palm-print wallpaper and decorative posters. Nature is a constant source of inspiration for Goossens, yet he makes no use of spectacular panoramic views or untouched wildernesses. Instead he uses tiles with p… more
Bowie by Duffy
Photographs ’72 – ’80
20 June – 6 October 2013
During this summer &Foam, Foam’s project space at the Vijzelstraat, will exhibit an exclusive selection of images of David Bowie made by the late legendary fashion photographer Brian Duffy. Between 1972 and 1980 Duffy worked with Bowie on five of his most famous album covers - including the iconic imagery for Aladdin Sane and Lodger. The exhibition gives an insight into the creative process with a va… more
What do you do when you have just graduated from art school and you have to set up your own studio, but you cannot afford any expensive equipment? What if you always work together, always share everything, but do not have a system? Photographers’ duo Otto Kaan turned this practical problem into an aesthetic solution. In Foam 3h the duo presents four new projects in the exhibition Works. Otto Kaan consists of Berend Otto (1985) and Guus Kaandorp (1986).
More information: www.foam.org/press… more
Infidel is the first exhibition of award winning photographer Tim Hetherington (UK, 1970-2011) in the Netherlands. He was tragically killed in Libya whilst covering the conflict. Foam presents a selection of his photographs and videos, drawn from the series Sleeping Soldiers, Infidel and Diary. In his work Hetherington focused on the experience of military combat, both from the perspective of ordinary soldiers and the civilians caught up in the conflict. Through his photographs, writing and film… more
the Condé Nast Years, 1923–1937
This exhibition, with more than two hundred unique vintage photos, represents a high point in Steichen’s long photographic career. The works that he made throughout this period for the influential magazines Vogue and Vanity Fair are some of the most impressive creations of the twentieth century. Next to the fashion photographs the exhibition contains impressive portraits by celebrities such as Greta Garbo, Cecil B. DeMille, Winston Churchill and Marlene Dietrich. These works have been br… more
This spring Foam 3h will premiere Memento, the latest series by Lara Dhondt. In her work, Dhondt documents forgotten and found objects, materials and locations in the urban landscape. She does this in an effort to give marginal places a human dimension or dignity. Dhondt’s interventions seem casual and are often nearly invisible. If one looks very closely, however, the care and precision with which the interventions are constructed become clear. The exhibition in Foam will feature black-an… more
The exhibition Best Before End by the British photographer Stephen Gill (Bristol, 1971) incorporates a number of photographic series that Gill made in and around the London Borough of Hackney over the past fourteen years. Having made straight descriptive photographic studies for many years, his approach shifted as he discovered the limitations of this type of aesthetic to convey all ideas. Gill made various attempts to jump outside the technical boundaries that photography imposed. He began to w… more
With her project Look At Me And Tell Me If You Have Known Me Before Dutch photographer Monica Nouwens dedicated herself to portraying the ambivalent appeal of one of the world’s largest cities: Los Angeles. As the sunlight fades and the twilight appears, the city turns into an entrancing wonderland whose charm can disappear in the blink of an eye. Her work condenses a mixture of roughness, sensuality and emotional moments and turns it into a fragile but timeless image of beauty and the hum… more
The Asmat in the Indonesian part of New Guinea (previously Dutch New Guinea) is a largely impassable mangrove swamp, roughly the same size as The Netherlands. The native inhabitants still live here, isolated from the rest of the world. Visual artist Roy Villevoye and photographer Koos Breukel visited the small hamlet of Tí together at the end of 2011. This small village is situated on the upper reaches of the Unir river in the northeastern part of the Asmat. Tí can be reached by sa… more
Sara Cwynar (CA, 1985) combines photographic images with installations, collages and sculptures. She has a constant need to collect photographs, objects and all kinds of ephemera, which she then re-arranges and documents. Sara Cwynar currently lives and works in New York.
Foam presents the series Canary by the Japanese photographer Lieko Shiga. In her work Shiga combines local myths and stories from people with personal memories, emotions and experiences. She creates fantastic and often dramatic images which refer to the twilight between dreams and reality. Her obscure work is strongly rooted in the Japanese folkloristic tradition to present the supernatural as an obvious presence. Shiga belongs to a new generation of Japanese photographers, her photographs are c… more
Foto Galatasaray is based on a selection from the complete professional archive of
Maryam Şahinyan (Sivas, 1911 – Istanbul, 1996), who worked as a photographer at her modest studio inGalatasaray, Beyoğlu in Istanbul uninterruptedly from 1935 until 1985. The archive is a unique inventory of the demographic transformations occurring on the sociocultural map of Istanbul after the declaration of the Republic and the historical period it witnessed; it is also a chronological record… more
This exhibition is organised as part of Netherlands-Russia 2013. The title refers to the flower that grows in different colours from early spring. The exhibition offers an overview of different kinds of colour photography in Russia from the 1850s until the end of the twentieth century. The selection of more than two hundred works vary from coloured albumen prints, salt prints and collodion prints to gelatin silver prints and the first real colour photography. Recent practices by Anatoly … more
Foam 3H: Me & My Models - Jan Hoek
Foam proudly presents the first 3h exhibition of the new year, Me & My Models, by Jan Hoek. Jan Hoek has photographed amateur models, mentally ill homeless people in Africa, an attention-seeking girl with no arms and legs, a heroin addict who dreams of being a model, or people he has simply found in advertisements on the internet. The photo shoot is never what he expected, model and photographer always have different expectations. The model act… more
One Group Show - WassinkLundgren
One Group Show is the first major solo exhibition by Dutch photographer duo, WassinkLundgren. This exhibition will present a broad overview of their work, including projects shown for the first time.
The work of WassinkLundgren develops from small observations or humorous twists of situations from everyday life. Their starting point is always a social interest in the world around them, but equally interesting to them is how the medium of photography can deform r… more
Toneel Groep Amsterdam
Foam and Toneelgroep Amsterdam present the exhibition inbetweens by Jan Versweyveld. The exhibition at Foam is part of Toneelgroep Amsterdam’s jubilee year celebrating its 25th anniversary.For Foam, Versweyveld has selected work that is a major departure from conventional theatre photography. For the first time in his career, the spotlight will be on Versweyveld’s unique double role as scenographer and chronicler of Toneelgroep Amsterdam. In line with… more
Museum Van Loon, located across the Keizersgracht from Foam, graciously opened its rooms to Foam in 2005 and 2009. Because Foam is temporarily closing its doors in the autumn of 2012 to prepare for a major Diane Arbus retrospective, Foam invited Dutch photographer Daniëlle van Ark to let herself be inspired by the house of the Van Loon family. The result is an exceptional exhibition, Foam in Van Loon III, Daniëlle van Ark.The outward display of social status, wealth, fame, mortality an… more
Diane Arbus (1923–1971) revolutionized the art she practiced. Her bold subject matter and photographic approach produced a body of work that is often shocking in its purity, in its steadfast celebration of things as they are. Her gift for rendering strange those things we consider most familiar, and for uncovering the familiar within the exotic, enlarges our understanding of ourselves.
Arbus found most of her subjects in New York City, a place that she explored as both a known geography … more
Alex Prager wins Foam Paul Huf Award 2012 On March 13th Alex Prager (b. 1979, USA) was chosen as the winner of the Foam Paul Huf Award 2012 by an international jury. This annual prize given to a photography talent under 35 years consists of € 20.000 and an exhibition in Foam Amsterdam. Prager’s work will be on show in Foam from August 31st to October 14th, 2012.The Foam Paul Huf Award continues to attract portfolios from all over the world. Out of 100 nominees this year, 49 were from… more
Erik Kessels - Album Beauty 29 June – 14 October 2012Album Beauty is an ode to the vanishing era of the photo album as told through the collection of Erik Kessels (1966, The Netherlands). Once commonplace in every home, the photo album has been replaced by the digital age where images live online and on hard drives. Photo albums were once a repository for family history, often representing a manufactured family as edited for display. They speak of birth, death, beauty, sexuality, prid… more
Alumni of the Rijksakademie
Alumni of the Rijksakademie | RE-Search 31 August - 14 October 2012The Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam (in 1870 established by law) is an artists’ institute for selected national and international top talent. It’s name refers to the classical Akademia, a place where philosophers, academics and artists meet to test and exchange ideas and knowledge. Rijksakademie creates an environment in which artists can concentrate on research, experimental and creating progre… more
Alex Prager | Compulsion31 August – 14 October 2012On 31 August, Foam welcomes a new exhibition by Alex Prager (Los Angeles, 1979). Prager is the winner of the 2012 Foam Paul Huf Award. This prize is organised by Foam and awarded annually to a young, promising international photographer under 35. Part of the prize is an exhibition at Foam. Compulsion will be presented at Foam from 31 August to 14 October. The exhibition will feature a selection of colour photographs from the series, … more
Foam 3h: Joss McKinley | Gathering wool 31 August – 14 October 2012Opening on 30 August, Foam 3h presents Gathering Wool. This project by English photographer Joss McKinley (1981) will make its debut in Foam. ‘Gathering wool’ means daydreaming, originating from the time when farmers’ wives and daughters gathered the wool left behind by sheep in the bushes and heaths. During these quiet moments they were able to put their thoughts in order and to daydream. McKinley&… more
Petra Noordkamp - La Madre29 June – 2 September 2012In the project La Madre, photographer and filmmaker Petra Noordkamp (1967) shows her most recent, not previously exhibited work. The impetus for La Madre was Noordkamp’s short relationship in the mid-1990s with Emilio Quaroni, son of the well-known Italian architect and urban planner Ludovico Quaroni. After her contact with Emilio deteriorated, Noordkamp discovered in 2001 that Emilio had murdered his own mother in the same year. Th… more
Foam 3h: Rico & Michael - Double Extension Beauty Tubes29 June – 29 AugustRico Scagliola (1985, Switzerland) and Michael Meier (1982, Switzerland) have taken pictures and have filmed teenagers for more than two years, creating their archive of photographs and videos of today’s Facebook generation. Images from this archive have been combined into an installation called Double Extension Beauty Tubes. More than a thousand pictures are being presented in a dark space on ten iPads.Mor… more
8 June – 23 August 2012Ron Galella – Paparazzo Extraordinaire! "My idea of a good picture is one that's in focus and of a famous person doing something infamous. That's why my favorite photographer is Ron Galella". (Andy Warhol) This summer Foam presents a major exhibition of work by Ron Galella, pioneer of paparazzi photography. The exhibition features photos of stars including Mick Jagger, Jackie Onassis, Greta Garbo, Brigitte Bardot, Marlon Brando, Andy Warhol,… more
Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs Light of Other Days 8 June - 22 August 2012 The Swiss duo Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs (1979) are viewed by many as one of the most promising teams in contemporary photography. Since 2003 the pair have worked together on a variety of projects on the cutting edge of photography, sculpture and installation art. Their work provides intelligent and often ironic commentary on the history of photography, the nature of photos, how cameras operate and the role of the… more
Foam 3h: Nina Poppe - Ama11 may – 27 june 2012Photographer Nina Poppe (Germany, 1979) has spent a significant and intensive amount of time together with the Ama. These legendary fisherwomen of the Japanese island of Ise-Shima dive for Abalone, using no equipment, in water that is up to 30 metres deep. Abalone is a type of sea snail that is considered a delicacy and that commands high prices. The diving is dangerous and tiring, yet the divers often continue to practise their trade into old … more
Bertien van Manen | Let’s sit down before we go 19 March 2012 - 24 June 2012This spring Foam will present the solo exhibition Let’s sit down before we go by Bertien van Manen (1942). More than 60 photos will be on show, created between 1991 and 2009. During that time, Van Manen regularly and extensively travelled with a small 35mm camera through Russia, Moldavia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Tatarstan and Georgia. She stayed for long periods with the people she met on her travel… more
Cocurated by Kathy Ryan and Lesley A. Martin
The New York Times Magazine Photographs Cocurated by Kathy Ryan and Lesley A. Martin 23 March – 30 May 2012For over thirty years, the New York Times Magazine has presented the myriad possibilities and applications of photography. The New York Times Magazine Photographs is an exhibition that reflects upon and interrogates the very nature of both photography and print magazines at this pivotal moment in their history and evolution. The exhibition is cocurated by Kathy Ryan, lo… more
Foam 3H: Stéphanie SolinasSans Titre (Monsieur Bertillon)23 March - 9 May 2012In Sans Titre (Monsieur Bertillon), Stéphanie Solinas (France, 1978) investigates the identification system invented by Alphonse Bertillon in the 1880's. Bertillon (Paris, 1853 - 1914) was a French police officer who developed "judicial anthropometry", based on physical measurements and photography. Anthropometrics was the first scientific system to be used by police to identify criminals (… more
For the last two years, Pavel Prokopchik has been following a group of young people in Russia who have chosen an alternative lifestyle away from politics and a materialistic society. After spending several months living with them, a document emerged about free-thinking people that willingly deny the comfortable lifestyle and the possession of things. It is particularly interesting in a country that is caught between a strictly controlled society and capitalism. Some of the main characters … more
Arnon Grunberg | Les vacances de Monsieur Grunberg10 February - 18 March 2012Summer holidays and photos are inextricably linked: the first thing that people pack, after their passport, tickets and money, is their camera. Les vacances de Monsieur Grunberg, a project by novelist Arnon Grunberg and visual artist Wendela Hubrecht, is now on show at. Les vacances is a sequel to Grunberg’s ‘embedment’ with various families from the Leidsche Rijn suburb in Utrecht. ‘Embedded&rsq… more
Joel Sternfeld - Color Photographs since 1970 16 December 2011 - 14 March 2012 In mid-December Foam will present the first major retrospective exhibition in the Netherlands of the work of Joel Sternfeld (1944, New York), one of the pioneers of colour photography. Foam will be showing more than one hundred photos from ten different series in an exhibition spanning two floors. A highlight is Sternfeld's early work from the 1970s, which has never been previously exhibited. A large selec… more
Sara-Lena Maierhofer - Dear Clark
16 December - 8 February 2012
In Dear Clark, Sara-Lena Maierhofer seeks rapprochement to a fraudster, a crook whose life consists of adopting and abandoning different identities. When she fails to arrange a meeting with the person in question, she decides to study him from a distance. Step by step, the artist comes closer to getting to know her subject; his appearance, his peculiarities, his intentions. How can one construct a profile of someone who constantly … more
Stanley Greene - Black Passport
16 December - 5 February 2012
Foam presents Black Passport, a project by and about the American conflict photographer Stanley Greene (New York, 1949). Black Passport shows photos of conflicts and disasters combined with photos of Greene's private life. The result is a revealing portrait of a photographer who is addicted to the adrenaline rush of being on the move, but at the same time realises the sacrifices he makes in his personal life. Stanley Greene has phot… more
Foam Talent 2011at Foam's new extra venue at the Vijzelstraat 78, AmsterdamFifteen exceptional young artists were chosen to be Foam Magazine's Talent of 2011. For the first time the work is also presented in exhibition form. The discovery and above all the presentation of work by young talents is one of the key purposes of Foam. Our annual Talent Call allows us to keep up to date with the activities of young photographers worldwide. The exhibition Talent 2011 therefore addresses developments, tr… more
Guest curators: Lauren Cornell, Jefferson Hack, Erik Kessels, Alison Nordström
What's Next? The Future of the Photography Museum Guest curators: Lauren Cornell, Jefferson Hack, Erik Kessels, Alison Nordström 5 november - 7 december 2011 Four concepts, four guest curators, four visionary presentations and one museum in which they all come together. Foam is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. For this occasion, Foam has created 'What's Next?', a project exploring the future of photography. Foam has posed the question of 'what'… more
Foam 3h: Breno Rotatori - Habitar o tempo2 September - 26 October 2011As part of the Brasil Festival Amsterdam, Foam is showing the work of the young Brazilian photographer Breno Rotatori (Saõ Paulo, 1988) in Foam 3h. Rotatori makes photos and videos inspired by his daily surroundings. He creates poetic stories in an intuitive way that, through their special colour and use of light, carry the viewer into a world which lies between reality, remembrance and fiction. Habitar o tempo (live fo… more
Foam Paul Huf Award 2011: Raphaël Dallaporta - Observation2 September - 26 October 2011French photographer Raphaël Dallaporta (b. 1980) received the Foam Paul Huf Award earlier this year from an international jury. The prize is organised by Foam and is awarded annually to up and coming international photographers below the age of 35. A major aspect of the award is an exhibition. Observation appears at Foam from 2 September to 26 October. Characteristic of the show's four series i… more
Dutch Contemporary Photography
Still/LifeDutch Contemporary Photography9 September to 26 October 2011This year, Foam celebrates its tenth anniversary. Just as the exhibition Foam opened with in 2001, Dutch Delight, Still-Life is a group exhibition with an art historical theme. Foam again presents work by Dutch photographers, this time still life, a collection of unanimated objects, being the central theme.As a theme, still life remains as relevant as ever in today's climate. For a wide group of contemporary (autonomous) … more
At the invitation of Foam, Sophie Mörner, photographer and founder of Capricious Magazine, has created an exhibition of young (emerging) photographic talent from the United States. Capricious is a major innovative platform for contemporary photography.The exhibition Continuity of Chaos shows the work of Luke Gilford, Nicholas Gottlund, Aaron McElroy and Sarah Palmer. These young (emerging) photographers have all been inspired by the concept of 'chaos'. Chaos is often considered as… more
Anton CorbijnInwards & Onwards23 June - 1 September 2011Foam is proud to present Anton Corbijn’s most recent photographic project. In it he has aimed the camera at a few of his favourite artists, including Gerhard Richter, Alexander McQueen, Richard Prince, Iggy Pop, Anselm Kiefer, Damien Hirst, Tom Waits, Peter Doig, Bruce Springsteen, Lucian Freud and Karel Appel. Corbijn’s love for the musical and creative spirit is already well known. Collaborating on a short film (Some YoYo… more
Foam 3h: Willem Popelier - Showroom Girls1 July until 31 August 2011Photographer Willem Popelier (Eindhoven, 1982) found by accident 91 photographs and two films made by two girls on a publicly accessible computer. This was the start of a long-running project in which Popelier researched the role of photography on the internet and in social media. The result is the exhibition, Showroom Girls, an intimate portrait of one of the girls in the form of pictures and texts by her hand that Popelier f… more
Misha de Ridder (Alkmaar, 1971) has mades photographs and films in the extraordinary light of the subarctic Norwegian north, getting close to the earth's very heart. At this latitude, only sparse vegetation grows on the dark, craggy mountains. A sojourn in this landscape transforms the earth into a tactile planet: palpable, tangible. De Ridder investigates the expressive qualities of this polar landscape and light, but his work also addresses climatic and ecological extremes. The rugged landscap… more
The Svart Metall series by Grant Willing (United States, 1987) is the result of an investigation into the Scandinavian 'Black Metal' subculture. This subculture, inspired by Pagan and Satanic ideologies, was mainly associated with violence, murder and church burnings in the 1990s - although much of this was unjustified. This is not, however, what Willing shows us in Svart Metall; instead he mostly depicts the shadowy, rebellious, and occult world which is at the heart of Scandinavian Black Metal… more
Whilst it has become fashionable to lament the death of photojournalism, actual events suggest that something quite different is taking place. Photojournalism is in the midst of a remarkable, and singularly unexpected, renaissance. New practices, strategies, viewpoints, techniques, and agents have radically transformed the institutions and the fundamental concepts of the field.
The group exhibition Antiphotojournalism charts these new developments in exciting ways. Include… more
Dana LixenbergSet Amsterdam25 March – 29 May 2011 In Set Amsterdam, Dana Lixenberg portrays the city in a series of landscapes and interiors. These photographs depict Amsterdam as a kind of film set, fashioned by its current and former residents. The absence of people in the images turns the viewer’s gaze to the space itself and to the myriad details which define these environments. In Set Amsterdam only traces of human activity hint at inhabitants and at lives fully lived. Lixenberg… more
The series Blindschleiche und Riesenblatt by photographer Anne Schwalbe can be seen as an ode to slowness – an ode to nature, light and emptiness. Schwalbe photographs her surroundings intuitively, with no preconceived ideas. Compiled in a publication or hanging together in an exhibition, the photos become the lines of a poem. Photographed prose. Anne Schwalbe visualizes stillness, providing another voice and a welcome change from the contemporary visual bombardment.more
This winter, Foam_Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam presents a retrospective containing work by W. Eugene Smith (US, 1918-1978). Smith has been hailed as the founder of the photographic essay. His extensive pictorial narratives, accompanied by captions and comments, appeared in magazines such as the world-famous American periodical Life in the 1950s, the heyday of photographic journalism. Smith’s black-and-white reportages exhibit a powerful sense of involvement, dealing with subject matter that … more
Foam_3h presents work by Joris Jansen, winner of the 2009 Steenbergen Stipendium. Kosmos is an ode to analogue photography.The exhibition revolves around a single old analogue photo. This picture does not actually appear in the presentation, rather Jansen uses word and image to analyse all the information conveyed by the photo. The result is on the one hand a kind of encyclopaedia of everything relating to the photo. On the other, the material of the photo itself is examined. Using microscopic i… more
For the project Landscapes without Memory Catalan artist Joan Fontcuberta (b. 1955, Barcelona) used software developed by the US Air Force. It translates two-dimensional cartographic data into a simulated three-dimensional image. Instead of feeding maps into the software, in Landscapes without Memory Fontcuberta inserts painted landscapes: from Gauguin to Van Gogh, from Cezanne to Turner and Constable. The software translates them into new, virtual landscapes that Fontcuberta calls ‘post-l… more
Foam presents Your Hallucination Is Now Complete by fashion photographer Steven Klein as part of Amsterdam International Fashion Week. Your Hallucination Is Now Complete is a new video work by Steven Klein specially compiled for Hyères annual fashion and photography festival in 2010. This multimedia presentation is presented in the Westergoud building at Westergasterrein, near the catwalk shows. The presentation features a larger-than-life video clip in which static and moving images are … more
Johan van der Keuken – Visual Narratives
One of best known photos by Johan van der Keuken (1938-2001) is a dance scene on the Ile Saint-Louis in Paris, taken during the ‘Quatorze Juillet’ celebration in 1958. This photo was first published in the book Paris Mortel (1964). Another 32 negatives were found in Van der Keuken’s archives, taken on the same day and the same spot. These never-before-published photos form the basis of the exhibition Johan van der Keuken – V… more
Foam presents the most recent project by photographer Ahmet Polat (Netherlands, 1978). The new generation of Turks often find themselves in between two worlds: tradition versus modernity, religion versus individualism, maintaining the status quo versus regeneration. While many Turkish families lead a traditional life, they feel the pull of a more individualistic and Western lifestyle. The complex political debate on EU membership places pressure on this young country to conform to c… more
Jim Goldberg – Open See
Open See is the most recent project by Magnum photographer Jim Goldberg (USA, 1953). Goldberg’s work is characterized by a strong engagement with individuals on the fringes of society. Goldberg explores complex social problems in his work and often uses text as an fundamental element within the photo. Open See documents the experiences of people who have left their homelands which were ravaged by the violence of war and severe social and economic problems in … more
Foam 3h: Eva Marie Rødbro - Lone Stars
For the Foam_3h exhibition Lone Stars Danish photographer Eva Marie Rødbro (1980) travelled to Texas to photograph and film youngsters and their daily lives. Rødbro captures these young adults in a stage between childhood and adulthood, busy visiting each other and merely killing time while searching for intimacy and identity. Rødbro shows their restlessness and uncertainty. The series Lone Stars is a patchwork of portraits, lan… more
Foam Paul Huf Award 2010: Alexander Gronsky
On 27 August an exhibition opens by the Russian photographer Alexander Gronsky (1980), winner of the Paul Huf Award 2010. This photography prize, organised by Foam, is awarded annually to an international talent under the age of 35. The prize includes an exhibition in Foam. Gronsky was awarded the prize for his post-Soviet landscape work which he made between 2007 and 2010. The exhibition features work from the series Less than One and The Edge.
Foam_Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam proudly presents a survey of the work of the world famous photographic duo of Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. Inez and Vinoodh began their work together in 1986 in Amsterdam. Now, 25 years later, with their campaigns for fashion houses such as YSL, Chanel, Balmain, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Chloé, and with regular publications in W Magazine, Vogue and The New York Times, they are amongst the most important photographers in the world today. They are amongs… more
Foam_3h: Simon Wald-Lasowski
For your eyes only
4 June - 25 August 2010
Foam_Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam launches on June 4 a dynamic exhibition of work by Simon Wald-Lasowski (b. Paris, 1980). For this series Wald-Lasowksi drew inspiration from 'the eye'. He set himself the challenge to reinterpret this theme, a recurring subject in art history and religion. In the course of the show, Wald-Lasowski will invite artists, designers and writers to respond to the presentation. The works that emerge… more
Blossfeldt (Germany, 1865) was self-taught and since his youth a great lover of nature. As sculptor and modeller in a foundry for artwork, he used flowers and plants as inspiration for decorations. His participation in a study project in Italy under the guidance of Moritz Meurer in the 1890s became a turning point in his career for it was during this project that Blossfeldt began to systematically collect and photograph plants.
His documentation served an artistic rather than scientific purpose… more
Foam presents the 'Vrolik Collection' as photographed by Hans van den Bogaard. This private collection of Professor Gerardus Vrolik (1775-1859) and his son Professor Willem Vrolik (1801-1863) contains anatomical, pathological-anatomical, zoological and teratological specimens. After Willem Vrolik's death, the collection was under threat of public sale. In 1869, an Amsterdam citizens' committee managed to acquire the collection in its entirety, and turned it over to the city. The collection forms… more
It might seem familiar
This spring Foam_Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam presents an exhibition by the Amsterdam-born photographer and filmmaker, Ari Marcopoulos. Marcopoulos (b.1957, Amsterdam) set off for New York in 1979 and quickly became a significant documenter of alternative youth culture in America throughout the last three decades. Foam is showing work from his entire oeuvre, ranging from photos of the emerging hip-hop and downtown art scene in New York in the 1980s and the s… more
Linus Bill (Switzerland, 1982) is an obsessive photographer, who photographs everything he encounters and values.
Especially for Foam Bill will produce an exhibition containing his best work filling all the wall space in the museum. That is, he will make a dummy of the exhibition spaces which will be presented in Foam_3h.more
My Grandma was a Turtle is photographer Cuny Janssen’s latest project. The title refers to the Turtle clan of the matriarchic Delaware Indian tribe in Oklahoma. In 2008, Janssen visited the town of Bartlesville in Oklahoma to photograph children with Native American ancestors and their surroundings. Her motivation was curiosity about what traces of their origins could be seen in these modern native American children. Both her photos of people as well as the images of landscapes are candid, tim… more
As part of Amsterdam International Fashion Week, Foam_Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam is showing the work of young fashion and portrait photographer Mylou Oord. A recurrent element in the exhibition is Oord's series on Amsterdam fashion journalist and style icon Aynouk Tan.
Oord's photography is characterized by a distinct style which well expresses the Zeitgeist of her generation. All her subjects come from the creative world, and the way she captures them clearly evidences a close relationship bet… more
Foam_Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam presents an unique retrospective of the world-famous Russian avant-garde artist Alexander Rodchenko. The exhibition will contain more then 200 vintage photographs some of which have never been exhibited in the West before. Alexander Rodchenko (1891-1956) is one of the great innovators of twentieth-century avant-garde art and one of its most versatile practitioners. Having first gained international acclaim as a painter, sculptor and graphic designer, Rodchenko too… more
Foam presents an exhibition of work by a new generation of photographers who work with the medium of photography in a refreshingly uninhibited, unconventional and sometimes slightly anarchist way. Five young Dutch photographers: Constant Dullaart, Katja Mater, Jaap Scheeren, Corriëtte Schoenaerts and Anne de Vries use photography more as a medium, rather than a self-evident end product. In the exhibition Photography – in reverse they present mostly new work in which they combine different dis… more
Foam_Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam presents Concrete Dreams, a Foam_3h exhibition by Dieuwertje Komen and Elian Somers in which the photographers offer their vision of the urban landscape. The pictures are exhibited in a variety of ways: Somers presents her work in an installation using light boxes and brief texts, while Komen combines her photos with a text essay written by architect Martino Tattara.Somers and Komen have the same perspective: architecture and urban infrastructure. Somers examines … more
Foam_3h: Jan-Dirk van der Burg - Sex Cinema Venus
10 November 2009 - 16 December 2009
Sex Cinema Venus is the oldest sex cinema in the Red Light District of Amsterdam, which will soon disappear as a result of the regeneration plans of the city council. Using a slide show and several single photographs Van der Burg portrays in Sex Cinema Venus the stories that have taken place behind the closed doors of this particular cinema.more
On Thursday October 29 the exhibition Darkness & Light containing the work of Dutch photographer Sanne Sannes (1937-1967) will open at Foam_Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam. Sannes earned a name for himself in the early 1960s with his grainy, erotic portraits. He was viewed as an extremely promising photographer of the new generation, characterized by the freedom of the Sixties. Women were his favourite subjects and an endless source of inspiration. In a nearly obsessive way, he photographed them tim… more
The exhibition PRUNE – abstracting reality focuses on the complex but intriguing relationship between realism and abstraction in contemporary photography. The exhibition includes only photographic work that is based on reality but which depicts this reality with a greater or lesser degree of abstraction. On show in the exhibition is work that first and foremost can be appreciated for its abstract, formal qualities, such as form, colour and composition. Only afterward does the viewer recognise … more
Foam_Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam presents Paradis: the first major retrospective of the work of Dutch photographer Charlotte Dumas (b. 1977, Vlaardingen). Dumas makes serene, intimate portraits of animals. For the first time, Dumas presents a selection from the various series of animal portraits she has made in recent years. Shown here in a single exhibition, a new relationship emerges between the portraits of horses, wolves, tigers and other animals, highlighting the connection between the diffe… more
Foam_Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam presents the Foam_3h exhibition Mindscapes by Saskia Dommisse. The images in this series, which Dommisse herself calls 'landscapes of the imagination', have their origins in landscape, but have been reduced to abstract fields of colour by the photographer. The images are intentionally minimalist and devoid of figurative elements, inviting viewers to supply their own interpretation.For the Mindscapes series Dommisse has allowed herself to be inspired by her surroun… more
Foam_Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam presents In the Shadow of Things, an exhibition by photographer Leonie Purchas (b. 1978, United Kingdom). In March 2009, Purchas was chosen by an international jury as winner of the KLM Paul Huf Award. This prize for young international photographers, organised annually by Foam, includes an exhibition at the museum. Since graduating, Purchas has focused on the complex relationships within families in different parts of the world. She tries to portray the contact b… more
Guest curator Kathy Ryan, Director of Photography at The New York Times Magazine
Forensic Photography from Amsterdam's Police Archive 1960-1986
World Press Photo 50 years
Photographs taken by12 materclass students on the theme Faith