Video: Photographic Constructions


An exclusive documentary about renowned photographer Ruud van Empel, showing his complex photographic editing process.

Van Empel was born in 1958 in Breda, the Netherlands and studied graphic design there at the Academie St. Joost. His distinctive photographic style has evolved through an on going exploration of the tension between straight photography and digital technology. His images are digitally constructed from a synthesis of hundreds of diverse fragments taken from his own photographs. He digitally dissects and reconstructs images to create his works, as eyes, noses and lips are collaged together to create brand new faces. Van Empel skilfully blends the techniques of collage, painting and photography, forcing the viewer to question their own conceptions of the constructed, and the ‘real’.

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