Bastiaan Woudt (NL, 1987)
Bastiaan Woudt has seen a meteoric rise within the world of contemporary photography. After starting his own photography practice from scratch just a few years ago, with no experience or formal training, he has developed into a photographer with his own distinct signature style – abstract yet sharp, with a strong focus on detail. As a student of the history of photography through devouring photobooks and visiting museums and fairs, Woudt has a strong preference for classic subjects, such as portraits and nudes. Throughout his work we can see references to illustrious periods from photography such as Surrealism and the documentary photography of the 1960s and 70s. Thanks to a self-taught, sophisticated use of both camera and post-production techniques, he gives his own graphic and wholly contemporary twist to the classical.
In 2014 Woudt was chosen as New Dutch Photography Talent, and in the same year, as well as in 2015, he was nominated for an SO Award. He was named one of the biggest talents working today by the prestigious magazine The British Journal of Photography in 2016, furthering his position as a talent on the rise. In 2017 he won the Van Vlissingen Art Foundation Award.