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Esther Kroon

Press release | Amsterdam, 32 August 2012

Esther Kroon
26 September - 14 October 2012

The exhibition Esther Kroon is Foam's ode to the extraordinary work of photographer Esther Kroon (1966). Even at a young age, she successfully developed an individual vision and a characteristic style. Kroon was killed during a robbery in Guatemala at age 25. Her legacy is a small but impressive oeuvre.

Kroon became interested in photography after high school. A photography class taught by photographer Rineke Dijkstra furthered this interest. Dijkstra's photography style and search for a personal identity in the portraits had an influence on Kroon's work.

Kroon mainly photographed street children, with the streets and the neighbourhoods forming the background of the images. Her photos are moving but never move into cliché territory, which often happens with photographs of children. The images are characterised by honesty and openness. The children pictured are both curious and hesitant. The hard flash and the often low perspective create penetrating photos and give the images a rather dark and ominous feeling, bringing to mind the photos of Diane Arbus.

In 1988, Kroon spent three months in Barcelona and made a series of photos of gypsy children. These photographs led to the Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst approval of her plan to create a series of Amsterdam children pictured where they live. A year later, Kroon decided to study at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie to further develop her craft. In 1992, her long-cherished dream of traveling to Latin America became reality, and she left for Guatemala. Here too, she wanted to photograph children and also pay a visit to photographer Luis Gonzalez Palma, whose work she admired. Sadly, after just four days in Guatemala, Kroon was robbed of both her camera and her life.

Foam's exhibition is a tribute to the impressive work of Esther Kroon, who created a highly personal style in a short period of time. This year marks exactly 20 years ago that Kroon died. The book Esther Kroon will be officially presented on 3 October 2012 at 5.30 pm. This publication will feature black and white portraits of children and contemporaries and a series of colour double portraits that Kroon created with fellow student Hatta Fokker in New York. The book was compiled and designed by Willem van Zoetendaal.

The exhibition Esther Kroon can be seen 26 September to 14 October 2012 in Foam. Open daily 10 am - 6 pm, Thurs/Fri 10 am - 9 pm. Tickets: € 8,50.

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