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THOMAS VANDEN DRIESSCHE
How to be a photographer in 4 lessons

OUT OF FOCUS / PICTURETANK / BELGIQUE

www.phototvdd.be
www.outoffocus.be
www.picturetank.com

At the start of 2012, an old photo booth film machine was installed in Brussels in a cultural venue situated close to the home of Thomas Vanden Driessche, the Belgian documentary photographer, a member of the Out Of Focus group.
In the style of Topor, Thomas decided to use this medium and its constraints to narrate through these strips of 4 images, stories about the small world of photography that he had become familiar with over several years. These “How to be a photographer in 4 lessons,” produced on a weekly basis and broadcast to as many people as possible via the internet, ended up developing into a genuine little guide to contemporary photography.
Armed with his old Valentine typewriter, Thomas gives his lessons with his own brand of very personal humour and gentle irony highlighting the stereotypes and spinoffs of certain trends of contemporary photography. On a personal basis the author embraces numerous influences from these great documentary photography trends in his personal works, not sparing himself in his productions and in a certain way questions his own approach.

BIOGRAPHY

Thomas Vanden Driessche was born in Louvain in 1979. He is a graduate of journalism and humanitarian management. Currently a freelance photographer and a member of the Out of Focus group, he was nominated for the Picturetank agency. He works for the Belgian weekly Le Vif l’Express. Enshrined in documentary tradition, his photography is often a frontal representation and distorts reality with particular attention to portrait. His most recent projects tackle contemporary India and its rampant industrialisation. Thomas is also undertaking a lengthy study on the trivialization of violence in Europe. After receiving many awards, in 2011 Thomas Vanden Driessche became a member of the Jury of the Humanitarian Visa d’Or (ICRC). Supported by the association Fêtart responsible for the promotion of young European photography, he currently works in Brussels.

PREVIEW


// PREVIEW //

"How to be a photographer in 4 lessons"
THUESDAY 9th MAY- 16am / ESPACE DON QUICHOTTE - VILLAGE CENTER
547 quai des Moulins
In the presence of the photographer.


// AUTOGRAPHS //

Book signing sessions have been organised in partnership with the bookshop L'Échappée Belle, during previews and at the Chais des Moulins, from 8th to 12th May.

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