RKD Netherland Institute for art History
The idea of photographing artists from behind in their studio was inspired by Caspar David Friedrich's painting Wanderer above the Sea of Fog (1818). It all began in 2008 with the idea of making a journey into artists’ workshops in the Netherlands. Afterwards Smits went to Belgium and since then he has been all over the world. This was the origin of his project Artist in the World. His ultimate goal is to create Rückenfigur or rear-view portraits of as many artists and art professionals as possible: 'to intersect with someone's life for a split second and record that moment’.
Smits's concept is as clear as it is simple. When photographing people for Artist in the World, he asks them if they know anyone else in the art world who would like to be portrayed by him. Each leads him to his following subject and frequently the practicalities are sorted out there and then.
More information on the artist can be found in RKDartists& and www.artistintheworld.com.
André Smits, Nico Parlevliet, Dordrecht 1 September 2016. | Andre Smits, Robert Frank, New York 14 June 2016.