Gerard Petrus Fieret (NL, 1928 - 2009)
Born in The Hague, photographer Gerard Fieret is a Dutch national treasure. His eccentric style - he stamped his prints repeatedly with his name and P.O box number, and signed them obtrusively - is the mark of a rule-breaking sensibility that came into its artistic prime in the 1960s and helped pull photography into the edgiest of post-modern realms.
Fieret’s camera looks unforgiving, and his subjects look back, with reserves of dignity, intelligence and a delicately balanced trust in the artist’s vision. It is a truly liberated vision of a photographer that knew, before a good many fellow fine-art photographers, that photography was meant to be stretched, scratched, pushed to its limits and graphically redefined. Signed, stamped and rife with Fieret’s gesture, fetish and feeling, these photos presented their subjectivity upon us and upon their subjects, transforming the objective moment into a life experience.