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'All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players.'

( William Shakespeare, 1599 )

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'De wereld is een schouwtoneel, elk speelt zijn rol en krijgt zijn deel.'

( Joost van den Vondel, 1668 )

Selfportait at Knockdamph Scotland | Mike Harris Photography

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Mike Harris
Netherlands

info -[at]- mikeharris.nl

I was born in 1962 in Amsterdam, though of British ancestry. After an initial career in professional audio electronics, and many a wandering subsequently (attempting to be a writer and a musician for instance), I at last decided to do for a living what was finally revealed to me I am best at and enjoy most: taking pictures. I enrolled to Fotoacademie Amsterdam and graduated cum laude in 2003. Shortly after I started working for Dutch daily newspaper Volkskrant and it’s weekly Volkskrant Magazine. Currently I am affiliated with Academie voor Beeldvorming, an artists’ collective that aims to visualize changes in society by means of Art. From 2005 up until 2019 I was also active as a mentor and a lecturer at Fotoacademie Amsterdam as well as Fotoacademie Rotterdam (which sadly ceased to exist in 2014).

Each and every photograph is just a simple two-dimensional illustration and has little to do with reality itself. Regardless of the setting – whether it be a controlled studio setup or a disturbing real life event – there is no way the spectator can reconstruct the veracity of photographic depiction. As a photographer I am true to the principles of classic documentary photography, while at the same time I aim to create images that raise doubt and confuse the spectator. Is this picture staged or is it not? I’m strongly influenced by Late Gothic and Early Renaissance painting (Paolo Uccello, Piero della Francesca, Massacio.) Hence the absence of perspective and plasticity in many of my pictures. A deliberate choice for an evidently unrealistic style, in more than one way ressembling the modern cartoon.
We cannot – not ever – capture the essence of our experiences objectively.

Mike Harris Photographer

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Mike Harris
Netherlands

info -[at]- mikeharris.nl

fas|fa-quote-right|

'All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players.'

( William Shakespeare, 1599 )

fas|fa-quote-right|

'De wereld is een schouwtoneel, elk speelt zijn rol en krijgt zijn deel.'

( Joost van den Vondel, 1668 )

I was born in 1962 in Amsterdam, though of British ancestry. After an initial career in professional audio electronics, and many a wandering subsequently (attempting to be a writer and a musician for instance), I at last decided to do for a living what was finally revealed to me I am best at and enjoy most: taking pictures. I enrolled to Fotoacademie Amsterdam and graduated cum laude in 2003. Shortly after I started working for Dutch daily newspaper Volkskrant and it’s weekly Volkskrant Magazine. Currently I am affiliated with Academie voor Beeldvorming, an artists’ collective that aims to visualize changes in society by means of Art. From 2005 up until 2019 I was also active as a mentor and a lecturer at Fotoacademie Amsterdam as well as Fotoacademie Rotterdam (which sadly ceased to exist in 2014).

Each and every photograph is just a simple two-dimensional illustration and has little to do with reality itself. Regardless of the setting – whether it be a controlled studio setup or a disturbing real life event – there is no way the spectator can reconstruct the veracity of photographic depiction. As a photographer I am true to the principles of classic documentary photography, but at the same time I aim to produce images that raise doubt and confuse the spectator. Is this picture staged or is it not? I’m strongly influenced by Late Gothic and Early Renaissance painting (Paolo Uccello, Piero della Francesca, Massacio.) Hence the absence of perspective and plasticity in many of my pictures. A deliberate choice for an evidently unrealistic style, in more than one way ressembling the modern cartoon. We cannot – not ever – capture the essence of our experiences objectively.

  • 2003: Photo Academy Award, Overall winner
  • 2011: Blurb PBN People’s Choice Nominee
  • 2013: 2nd prize Selection of Dutch Photography (SO2013)
  • 2014: Nominee Selection of Dutch Photography (SO2014)

  • 2000-2011: 8 different shows at Galerie Fotogram Amsterdam
  • 2002: Tulips for Natasha, Agnietenkapel Gouda
  • 2003: Beelddialect, Guardianenhof ‘s-Hertogenbosch
  • 2003: I Shoot at Random, Loods 6 Amsterdam
  • 2004: Huisje, Boompje, Beestje, Guardianenhof ‘s-Hertogenbosch
  • 2006: Fanfare (solo), Kruithuis ‘s-Hertogenbosch
  • 2006: Straatwaarde, Kruithuis ‘s-Hertogenbosch (also curator)
  • 2007: Jeroen Bosch Bespiegelingen, CBK-selectie Kruithuis ‘s-Hertogenbosch
  • 2007: De Uitwisseling, Sigarenfabriek Delft
  • 2007: Schilderkunstig Genootschap Fotografeert, Pulchri Den Haag
  • 2008: Het Vertrek, TNT-gebouw ‘s-Hertogenbosch
  • 2008: XXNL, TNT-gebouw ‘s-Hertogenbosch
  • 2008-2011: 5 shows at Fotogalerie Rotterdam
  • 2010: 2e Kwartier Blauwdruk, Tresoar, Noorderlicht Fotofestival Leeuwarden
  • 2011: Party (solo), Fotogalerie Rotterdam
  • 2011: Cast an Eye Without a Blush, SM’s Stedelijk Museum ‘s-Hertogenbosch
  • 2012: 2 x Mediawand Stadsschouwburg Rotterdam
  • 2012: Neighbourhood (solo), Makerskamer Bartjes ‘s-Hertogenbosch
  • 2013: Unseen, Winners Exhibition SO2013, ADCN Amsterdam
  • 2013: Paerlen van de Swijnen, De Fruitvis Rotterdam
  • 2013: Exxtra SO2013, Spinnerij Oosterveld Enschede
  • 2014: Jules dichter bij – Deelder 70 jaar, Galerie AAAfresh123, Rotterdam
  • 2014: Mediawand, Schouwburg Rotterdam
  • 2015: Wall of Fame, Fotoacademie Amsterdam
  • 2015: Topstok 25, selectie jubileum expo STOK, Kruithuis ‘s-Hertogenbosch
  • 2015: #Huisje #Boompje billboard-expo Graphic Design Festival, Breda
  • 2016: Identity, Photofestival Rotterdam
  • 2016: Het Raadsel Jee Mol, Fotoacademie Amsterdam (curator)
  • 2016: Fun and Respect since 1927, Barbizon Hotel Amsterdam (curator)
  • 2016: BredaPhoto International Photo Festival, Breda
  • 2017: Rotterdam Photo Festival, Rotterdam
  • 2017: Over Leven, duo-expo met Sas Schilten, Cacaofabriek, Helmond
  • 2017: Kunstnacht Den Bosch, Mengfabriek, Koudijs Lokaal (solo)
  • 2018: Rotterdam Photo Festival, Rotterdam
  • 2018: Wanderlust, Galerie Sehnsucht, Rotterdam
  • 2018: Winterreise, Galerie Sehnsucht, Rotterdam

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