Arjan de Nooy
June 7 - June 9
Opening by Flip Bool on June 7, 6 pm
Book launch with selection of works
Opening speech by Flip Bool, art and photo historian and former curator of Nederlands Fotomuseum
99:1 is inspired by Raymond Queneau’s literary text Exercises in Style (Exercices de style, 1947). Queneau tells a trivial story in 99 different ways.
In this project a similar operation has been applied but to a single photographic negative, resulting in 99 works. There was no pointed reason for choosing this particular photo rather than any other, except that it bears some resemblance to Queneau’s story: it shows a bus and two young men. They appear to be having a conversation about a button. It was taken in Paris. At the time (2007), the idea of using the image for this, or any, book had not yet emerged. In this way, it was an unexpectedly seminal recording.
Arjan de Nooy (Goes, 1965) studied chemistry and photography. Using his own photographs as well as found material, he constructs stories and theories. An ongoing project is a fictional history of Dutch photography, in which oeuvres and biographies of imaginary photographers are presented through different media (books, magazines, installations, a website). For the book De facto-A History of Dutch Photography (2009), he won the ‘Kleine Hans’, the award for unpretentious photography. Other projects are the uncovering and publication of the first Dutch feminist photo-magazine Haarscherp (2012) and, together with Anne Geene, Ornithology, a book about birds-science-photography, which received the ‘Golden Letter’ for the best book design from all over the world (2017). His work has been shown in the Dutch Photography Museum (Rotterdam), Fotomuseum (The Hague), Gemeentemuseum (The Hague), Marres (Maastricht), The Peale Center (Baltimore, USA), Photomonth (Krakow, Poland).
Arjan de Nooy
design: Hans Gremmen
price around € 30,00
Special edition 99:1
Book and print
Size print: 20 x 14 cm
Technique: inkjet print on Hahnemühle paper
Exhibition runs only for three days ~ June 7 – June 9, 2019 ~