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Felice Derkinderen & René Heitmüller
'We are inclined to think that it is the unique that excites us but isn't it the universal in reality? Yet the unique is essential because it gives us the possibility to shed light on the universal on different levels: without the unique the universal wouldn't be visible. Therefore the question is wether it is the universal or the unique that defines the emotion an image brings about in us ...'
Amsterdam based photographers Felice Derkinderen (Heerlen, 1968) and René Heitmüller (Northeim, 1960) both studied photography at the Royal Academy of Art (Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten) in The Hague. After meeting eachother in 1990 they started creating images together. Since then they work as a team on commissioned and personal autonomous projects in and outside the Netherlands.
Their work is characterized by a quest for the essence. Finding the elemental by stripping the superfluous layer by layer, showing larger dimensions through omission. This and the method of melting mise-en-scène and magic of the moment together gives their images a statuesque quality that raises the portrayed persons out of reality, showing a universal truth. Combining classical photographic and modern digital techniques their images are a product of contemporary life but possess timeless apects as well.