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"Photography guides me into the routes where I can stay amazed"

- Bieke Depoorter

b. 1986

Belgian

Based in Ghent, Belgium

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Bieke Depoorter (°1986, Belgium) received a master’s degree in photography at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent in 2009. Three years later, when just 25 years old, she was made a nominee of Magnum Photos, of which she was named a full member in 2016. Depoorter has won several awards and honors, including the Magnum Expression Award, The Larry Sultan award and the Prix Levallois. She has published four books: Ou Menya, I am About to Call it a Day, As it May Be, and Sète#15. She worked together with Aperture, Editions Xavier Barral, Edition Patrick Frey, Lannoo, Hannibal and Le bec en l’air to publish these books.

The relationships Depoorter establishes with the subjects of her photographs lie at the foundation of her artistic practice. Accidental encounters are the starting point, and how these interactions naturally develop dictates the nature of Depoorter’s work. But several recent projects have been the result of Depoorter questioning the medium. In As it May Be, she gradually became more aware of her status as an outsider, both culturally and as a photographer. So, in 2017, she revisited Egypt with the first draft of the book, inviting people to write comments directly onto the photographs. In Sète#15, and also Dvalemodus, a short film she co-directed, she began to see her subjects as actors. Although she portrayed them in their true environments, she tried to project her own story onto the scenes, fictionalizing the realities of her subjects in a way that blurred the lines between their world and hers.

In the ongoing project Agata, a project about a young women Depoorter met at a striptease bar in Paris in October 2017, she explores her interest in collaborative portraiture. It’s an example of Depoorter’s interest in finding people that can work with her in telling a story. These stories are always partially hers, and partially theirs.

Selected works

Arts & Culture

Bieke Depoorter’s Journey Across Russia

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Belgian photographer Bieke Depoorter captures intimate images of strangers' homes as she travels alone across Russia for her project 'Ou Menya'

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Current Workshop
Beijing, China

Intimate Storytelling Masterclass with Bieke Depoorter

Bieke Depoorter
Aug 16 - 20

Theory & Practice

Agata

Bieke Depoorter

Theme | 15 Stories

The Body

Past Exhibition
Norwich, United Kingdom

The Body Observed

Magnum Photographers
Until Jun 30

Newsroom

The Magnum Digest: December 21, 2018

Arts & Culture

Supporting New Talents and Perspectives in Photography

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Past Book Signing
Paris, France

Magnum Paris Christmas Sale

Magnum Photographers
Dec 13 2018 · Free

Past Exhibition
Munich, Germany

“Magnum Manifesto” in Munich

Magnum Photographers
Until Jan 27

Past Exhibition
, Belgium

Bieke Depoorter in Antwerp

Bieke Depoorter
Until Feb 10

Theme | 7 Stories

On Photobooks

Newsroom

The Magnum Digest: July 13, 2018

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Past Book Signing
Paris, France

Book Signing with Magnum Photographers in Paris

Magnum Photographers
Jun 21 2018

Past Artist Talk
New York, United States

Bieke Depoorter and Susan Meiselas in Conversation at Aperture

Magnum Photographers
Jun 14 2018

Past Exhibition
Sofia,

They Defend our Freedoms: 30 Years of Sakharov Prize Outdoor Exhibition

Magnum Photographers
Until Jun 6, 2018

Past Exhibition
London, United Kingdom

Magnum Photos at Photo London 2018

Magnum Photographers
Until May 20, 2018

Theory & Practice

Xavier Barral on the Art of Photobook Publishing

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Theory & Practice

Three Perspectives on Paris: Inside the Live Lab

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