Paul Kooiker – Fashion
With his current photographs, Paul Kooiker (*1964, Rotterdam) moves at the interface between fashion and art. Using smartphones, apps and digital post-processing, he creates a new, idiosyncratic and internationally acclaimed fashion photography in his Amsterdam studio. He publishes extensive photo spreads in magazines such as Vogue Italia, Dazed & Confused and AnOther.
Kooiker realizes shoots for well-known brands such as Givenchy, Rick Owens and Viktor & Rolf. Before turning to fashion photography, Kooiker worked as a photographer and college instructor for over two decades, becoming known for surreal studio settings. Paul Kooiker often exaggerates the shape of bodies to the extreme. Using artificial body extensions, wigs, and extravagant clothing as well as light, shadow, and fragmentation, he creates an unique visual language whose surreal undertone often recalls icons of photography and art history. Social themes such as diversity, body positivity, or the fetishization of bodies, which the fashion world takes up, also translate directly into Kooiker's image production. Between the queer and avant-garde creations of the designers and the nostalgically anarchic look of his photographs, an effective power typical of Kooiker emerges.
In dialogue with Paul Kooiker's photographs, works by Hans Bellmer, Rudolf Bonvie, Brassaï, Max Burchartz, Lotte Errell, Florence Henri, Germaine Krull, Boris Mikhailov, Lisette Model, Cindy Sherman, Grete Stern, Sasha Stone and Juergen Teller are shown.