Hellen Van Meene - Japan

  • Published by Walther König, 2002
  • First edition, first printing, limited to 2500 copies
  • Unbound cardstock sheets contained in a photographically illustrated card box, 
  • 33 loose sheets printed on heavy cardstock

. Photographs by Hellen van Meene. Interview with the artist (in English and Dutch) by Karel Schampers. Includes a brief biography, exhibition history and bibliography (in English). Designed by bureau gras, Alkmaar, The Netherlands. Unpaginated, with 30 four-color plates printed by Lecturis and drukkerij Krijgsman.


 "The central theme in my work is photographing girls who are at the point of budding into maturity...Their attitude is still open; they are not yet committed, yet they still have this touching susceptibility, they are still themselves. The photographs are not meant to be portraits...Nor do I want to sketch a sociological image of contemporary youth...They (the models) are simply material for me.

I am mainly concerned with things such as the light fall on a white skin, bruises on an arm, hands which disfigure in water, and starting goose-pimples in frosty weather...I arrange everything to the smallest detail...While photographing, chance plays an important role..."

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