Vintage edition photo - #15/30 - silver gelatin print - signed, numbered and dated on reverse - 1979
|Kunstenaar:||Auke Bergsma (1950-)|
|Titel van kunstwerk:||Ingrid & Heidi, 1979|
Paper size - 34cm x 25cm
Image size - 27cm x 18cm
Condition - Very fine
Auke Bergsma (9 January 1950 Putten, The Netherlands) studied at the Fotovakschool in Apeldoorn. He gained international fame when the French photo magazine ‘Zoom’ published an article about his black and white ‘Punk’ photographs and his work was acquired for the International Polaroid Collection. Since high school, Auke Bergsma is also active in the music industry. His “Blueskantoor” is a booking agency for blues musicians and organises concerts and festivals. Bergsma never worked with ‘real models’, but preferred to cooperate with (student) musicians and fashion designers.
The vibrant colours of Polaroid film and the fact that it was instant film were supportive to the ideas and concepts of Auke Bergsma. Like no other, all the big names included, he used the medium in line with the time the technology was introduced: typical 1980s! His sequences are not only humoristic, but also use the idea of Polaroid in optima forma.
20x24 inch | 50x60 cm
In 1976 Polaroid introduced a 20x24 inch instant camera. Only two of these giants were available, one was located in New York, the other one in Amsterdam. Bergsma was among the first three European photographers working on this 90kg machine. At that time, 1981, the rental costs were $600 a day. Later, when the Amsterdam camera moved via Offenbach to Prague, the price raised up to $2.000 a day. The material costs of one 20x24 inch Polaroid is $200. Among the photographers following his footsteps are William Wegman, Lukas Samaras, Joyce Tenneson, Mary Ellen Mark, Elsa Dorfman, Andy Warhol, Tim Mantoani, Julian Schnabel, Ansel Adams and Chuck Close. At a 2010 Sotheby’s sale, Polaroids of the photographers mentioned were sold for prices up to $722.500.
If Auke Bergsma was born in the United States and had the support of a good gallery, he could have become one of the best selling Polaroid photographers ever. But Auke Bergsma was Dutch and he preferred to have his own gallery in Vlaardingen, The Netherlands. Not the place to be in the art world.
All prints and books on offer will be shipped by insured and registered mail. Large prints will be shipped in tubes, small and medium sized prints in cardboard (envelopes). Pick up in The Hague, The Netherlands is possible. Insured and registered shipping. The Netherlands € 20. Europe € 30. Worldwide € 50. Combined shipping free of charge.
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