Interview with architectural photographer Jordi Huisman

Interview with architectural photographer Jordi Huisman
International Photography Grant 2019

Jordi Huisman was born in the Netherlands in 1982. He studied photography at the Royal Academy of Visual arts in The Hague and been working as a photographer since 2006 for magazines, design firms, architects, advertisement agencies and governmental organizations. His work has been exhibited and published world wide.

Website: jordihuisman.nl

Rear Window, Amsterdam (2010) © Jordi Huisman

Rear Window, Amsterdam (2010) © Jordi Huisman

Project Rear Window has been awarded with the 3rd Place Award in City category at Photogrvphy Grant 2016.

How did you get interested in photography? Do you have an educational artistic background?
I believe my interest in photography comes from my childhood interest in drawing. When I was a kid, I used to be drawing all the time. At a certain point I chose to go and study engineering, until I picked up a digital camera. That set things in motion, and a few years later I started studying photography at an art academy.

Where do you get your creative inspiration from? Is there any other artis or photographer who inspired your art?
It’s mostly from other photographers’ work where I draw my inspiration from. But also from good cinema, and on a subconscious level also from books, and art in general. Photographers like Rob Hornstra, Nadat Kander, Rinko Kawauchi and Stephen Shore have had a great impact on me and my own photographic development.

How much preparation do you put into taking a photograph or series of photographs? Do you have any preferences regarding cameras and format?
It really depends on the subject. If I go abroad for a series or set of pictures I do quite some research. Whenever I’m going to a new capital for Rear Window, I spend hours on Google Maps looking for suitable spots. It turns out that most of the time it works best to just walk around looking for spots, but I like to feel prepared. I never spend much time preparing the making of the actual photo. I used to do all my personal projects on 6×7 and 4×5”, but since a year or two my digital medium format camera is my buddy when working on Rear Window.

Tell our readers more about your award winning project „Rear Window”.
It’s a projects I’ve been working on since about six years now. And it grows and grows with more cities I’m able to add. Luckily my commercial work takes me abroad a couple of times a year, which enables me to expand the series. I feel really passionate about the series and the way it grows, and I enjoy working on it. Also because I believe I’m very aware of what works and what doesn’t when browsing though a new city.

Where is your photography going? What are you currently working on and do you have any photographic plans for future?
I’ve been very busy commercially the past two years, but I do feel the need to work on a new body of personal work. I don’t have plans for that yet, but also I think that something like that shouldn’t be forced. I’m currently working on my portfolio that I will present in November at Review Santa Fe.

What are your three favourite photography books?
Nadav Kander – The Long River
Stephen Shore – Uncommon Places
Alec Soth – Sleeping By The Mississippi

What do you do besides photography?
Spending time with my daughter, go for a swim or take my race bike for a spin.

Rear Window, Rome (2012) © Jordi Huisman

Rear Window, Rome (2012) © Jordi Huisman

Rear Window, Singapore (2014) © Jordi Huisman

Rear Window, Singapore (2014) © Jordi Huisman

From the Outline series (2011) © Jordi Huisman

From the Outline series (2011) © Jordi Huisman

From the Outline series (2011) © Jordi Huisman

From the Outline series (2011) © Jordi Huisman

Rear Window, Paris (2012) © Jordi Huisman

Rear Window, Paris (2012) © Jordi Huisman

Rear Window, Brussels (2015) © Jordi Huisman

Rear Window, Brussels (2015) © Jordi Huisman

From the Close, but not really series (2010) © Jordi Huisman

From the Close, but not really series (2010) © Jordi Huisman

From the On hold/laid off series (2009) © Jordi Huisman

From the On hold/laid off series (2009) © Jordi Huisman

Rear Window, Budapest (2016) © Jordi Huisman

Rear Window, Budapest (2016) © Jordi Huisman

From the Outline series (2011) © Jordi Huisman

From the Outline series (2011) © Jordi Huisman

From the Close, but not really series (2010) © Jordi Huisman

From the Close, but not really series (2010) © Jordi Huisman

 

 

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