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Graduating in 1997 at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, Maarten van Schaik has developed his own unique style of photography. Chaos is the terrain in which he makes his best photographs. Inside the complexity of various cities, ranging from Las Vegas to Sevilla, Bangkok, London, New York and Brussels, van Schaik looks for “black holes” and “non-places,” where color, light, materials, lines and strange objects play together inside the frame of his camera. This is a way of making image that he has mastered and developed throughout the years, and still he finds himself looking for decaying old showers, the light in an empty street and the loneliness of a broken car.
His portraits are made in a similar manner. In them, natural light and atmosphere also play a large role. Van Schaik makes pictures in which the person being portrayed looks out of the camera's frame, so that the result looks something like a posed film still. The person is lifted out of the background, while the background remains important for the image itself. In the end, van Schaik tries to stay as close as possible to his original way of thinking, which defines itself best as: seeing one thing in everything and seeing everything in one thing, or: seeing the importance of the seemingly unimportant.

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From the series Car nudes by Maarten van Schaik

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