Meene~Hellen van – The Years Shall Run Like Rabbits*


Author: Martin Barnes
Publisher: Ludion
Year: 2015
ISBN: 978-94-9181-932-2

Hardcover with jacket, 28 x 22,5 cm, 256 pp, Dutch edition.
Condition: mint
Best Dutch Photo Books 2015
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"The 183 photos in Hellen's new book are all grown up works, and together they tell a compelling and open-ended story." —i-D, July 21, 2015

Over the last twenty years, Hellen van Meene has produced a complex body of work, offering a contemporary take on photographic portraiture. Characterized by her exquisite use of light, formal elegance, and palpable psychological tension, her depictions of girls and boys on the cusp of adulthood demonstrate a clear aesthetic lineage to seventeenth-century Dutch painting. Van Meene captures the intimacy in the photographer/subject relationship, bringing out a sense of honesty and vulnerability from within her models and highlighting the beauty of imperfection. She carefully poses her subjects in their environments to emphasize their fragility, adding a palpable tension to the photographs. At the same time, she captures them at deeper, more introspective moments—masterfully moving between the staged nature of the portraits and the real experiences of her subjects. The combination of van Meene’s instinctive understanding of the universality of adolescent experience and the highly intimate collaboration between photographer and model makes for powerful portraits that resonate long after viewing. This book brings together more than 250 images, for the most comprehensive presentation of the artist’s work to date.

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