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City Photographer

25.04.2017 - 15.04.2018

The exhibition ‘City Photographer’ brought Antwerp's many faces to the MAS boulevard from 25 April 2017. Fifteen city photographers, chosen between 2014 and 2017, supplied a diverse range of photos. They created an unprecedented love letter to the city in all its manifestations.

The exhibition ‘City Photographers’ showed Antwerp from an unusual perspective. Fifteen very different photographers presented works that they submitted for the project ‘Stadsfotograaf Antwerpen’, which was founded by Roger Smulewicz of Gallery Fifty One in 2011. 

Tomorrow's heritage

A city changes very quickly, both demographically and with regard to urban development. It's necessary to construct a visual memory for future generations of Antwerp residents. The city photographers are recording tomorrow's history. In 20 years time we will look at their photos like we look at images from another era.

A love letter

MAS asked curator Kaat Celis to make a selection from the 15 portfolios and to create one huge, inspiring and surprising look at the city. This resulted in a visual love letter to Antwerp, an associative narrative on the love-hate relations with the city from a photographer's point of view. Different periods, places and styles were brought together on eight floors under eight emotions. 

15 photographers

The love letter was a fusion of images from 15 famous and less well-known photographers: David Ameye, Jef Beirinckx, Karin Borghouts, Frederik Buyckx, Sanne De Wilde, Jasper Léonard, Charlotte Lybeer, Sigrid Spinnox, Davy Van Laere, Stany Dederen, Sacha Jennis, Dieter De Lathauwer, Myriam Vertenten, Lara D'hondt and Ksenia Galiaeva. 

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