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Berlin Foto Biennale

Dear friends,

If you love photography, Berlin is a place to be in October with the European Month of Photography Berlin (EMOP). Its associate partner is Berlin Foto Biennale (4th Biennale of Fine Art and Documentary Photography) that will open to the public on 6 October and run until 30 October.

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The Biennale will promote emerging and established photographers from all over the world and present works by 440 artists. It will be the largest collective photo exhibition in Europe taking place at the same venue! The theme of the exhibition is “Emotions & Commotions Across Cultures”. Famous Magnum photographer Steve McCurry, the author of the iconic portrait of an Afghan girl, will be the special guest with a retrospective exhibition curated by Magnum photos.

It is an honour for me to be selected to present my work at the Berlin Foto Biennale being invited among the winners and selected nominees of the Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers. I am thrilled that my fine art photography – three images from my “Portals” series – will be exhibited next to the work of so many talented international artists.

A catalogue of the Foto Biennale will be available soon, printed by a renowned art publisher Kehrer Verlag. I am really proud to have my work in it, among the Biennale artists and in the same volume with a great name like Steve McCurry.

The Biennale will be take place at the historic Palazzo Italia (also known as Roemischer Hof) in the center of Berlin, not far from the Brandenburg Gate and the museum quarter, on the corner of Charlottenstrasse (address: Unter den Linden 10).

I am happy to be able to join the artist reception on October, 6th, and the Gala Dinner where Steve McCurry will be the keynote speaker.

If you happen to visit Berlin in the coming month, do not miss the Foto Biennale and the dozens of gallery exhibitions of the EMOP!

Summer News: Moscow and London calling

Dear friends,

I hope you are enjoying the summer season.

If you happen to be in London in the coming days, you are invited to visit the Parallax Art Fair at the Chelsey Old Town Hall.
It will run on weekend 23-24 July. The entry is free! If you are around you I would be happy to welcome you at my stand where I have some works from the “Portals” series.

And in Moscow from 21 July till  7 August you can visit the exhibition of the winners of the MIFA (Moscow International Foto Awards) 2016.

More than 4000 photographers from around the world joined this prestigious photography competition. I am very happy to be among the winners, amazing and most inspiring international photographers.

My “Florals” series was awarded the 2nd place in the Fine Art category and the 1st place in the Still Life sub-category. This is a real honour for me.

The 60 works from the 40 main winners (including my “Florals” project) are presented at the “Na Kashirke” art gallery in Moscow. Unfortunately, today I had to miss the opening ceremony supported by the Moscow Government and the Lucie Awards Foundation, a famous photography organisation.
If you are in Moscow in the coming weeks, you are most welcome to visit this exposition covering all photography genres.

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Wishing you a happy summer season!

Olga

Ruins of Empire

Today it is not portraits I want to share with you but some photos I made during my recent holiday in Moscow. My husband joined me this time and I wanted to show him a place he had not seen before: a site that startles and impresses the few Western tourists who get there.

Moscow, VDNKh. Belarus pavilion detail.

I am talking about VDNKh. This name is the Russian abbreviation of the Exhibition of Achievements of the People’s Economy. It is a large park in the Northern outskirt of Moscow. With its total area of 207 hectares (that is excluding the botanic garden territory recently merged with the park) it is greater than the whole Principality of Monaco.

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New: Luxe Art Box made in Italy

Today I proudly want to introduce a special product I offer to my clients since last year. Apart from all kinds of prints and albums you can now also choose a collection of art mattes in a deluxe box. It already gained big fans among my clients! This is a luxurious product handmade in Italy using exclusive technologies not available elsewhere. The technique includes printing directly on art mattes of various colors so that each image appears matted in an elegant and ornate way.

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Happy New Year!

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Dear friends, as the year is coming to the end I would like to thank you for all your support and inspiration throughout the year.

I hope it was a good year for you. For me it definitely was: I love what I do and somehow I am always lucky to work with the most awesome families and individuals. It’s great to meet new people and to see back my old clients coming back with new kids, family events and personal projects. It is a blessing to make people happy!

I was also very busy with my personal art projects and proudly want to share with you my last year achievements 🙂

In 2015 I took part in several group expositions: in New York City, Budapest, Rotterdam, Texas and Vermont. My child portraits got a Juror’s Selection and an Honorable Mention at the New York Center for Photographic Art.

Then there were 2 Honourable mentions for my “Portals” and “Florals” series at the Fine Art Photography Awards 2015/2016 (FAPA).

At Kyoto, Japan, “Portals” series received the Master Printer Award of the Hariban Award 2015 of the Benrido Collotype Atelier (I am looking forward to see my works printed in a very special book now being produced by the Benrido).

I was honored to be among the nominees of The Charles Dodgson Black and White Award, The 10th Black and White Spider Awards and The 7th Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers. The jury of the Julia Margaret Cameron Award has also selected me to exhibit my art at the forthcoming Biennale of the Fine Art Photography in Berlin in October 2016.

In September I had my first solo exposition at the Sophie Maree gallery in The Hague with my “Portals” project and then took part in the Annual Dutch Art Fair in Amsterdam where I was chosen from 250 amazing artists for the first prize: the AXA Art Talent Award.

Finally, apart from exhibition catalogues I had my work published in the “Zebra Monochrome” (issue 2) and “Shots” magazine (Nr. 127 and 129).

As my PhD supervisor has an anniversary this year, a book is published in his honour and I was invited to participate. So I wrote and published a scholarly article on Renaissance culture again.

As you can see, my year was busy and fruitful! I have lots of new ideas for the next year too and hope I will find enough time for all!

Thank you again! I wish you and your dear ones a wonderful and healthy year full of love, happiness and fun!

Yours,

Olga

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, dear friends, colleagues and followers. I wish you and your dear ones a lot of joy, love and peace!

This year we haven’t got any snow so here is a photo of a winter fairy tale for you 🙂

With love,

Olga

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Annual Dutch Art Fair and the AXA Art Talent Award

September had been an art marathon month for me. First, the solo exposition at the Sophie Maree Gallery in The Hague. And two weeks later taking part at the Annual Dutch Art fair (ADAF).

On the last weekend of September 250 painters, sculptors, art photographers and other artists presented their work at the World Fashion Center in Amsterdam. I have seen awesome artworks, met amazing people and enjoyed much interest from the public.

It was a very busy, fun and inspirational weekend. I got so many wonderful reactions on my art, and it meant a lot to me to see that my work touches people and speaks to them.

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At the end of the event came a huge surprise: from among all these talented artists I was chosen by the experts for the first prize – the AXA Art Talent Award accompanied by a 1.000 euro cash prize. I am truly honored to receive the award but I am also humbled and grateful for all the warm and enthusiast reactions I received from the fellow-artists, the ADAF organizing team, the experts, and from all my friends.

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Thank you so much for your inspiration, interest and support, dear friends!

Portals Exposition and upcoming Amsterdam Art Fair

Dear friends,

My solo exposition of the “Portals” series at the Sophie Maree gallery in The Hague was a success and I would like to thank everybody: for attending the opening, for your interest and response. Your reaction was really inspiring to me. Thank you!

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For those who could not attend the exposition but would like to see some of my work: you are most welcome to visit the Annual Dutch Art Fair (ADAF) on weekend 26-27 September. It will be held at the World Fashion Center in Amsterdam. You can find me at stand 147 in the Blue Hall. More information on the event can be found here: http://www.adaf.nl/route-en-contact.

Time: weekend 26-27 September, 11.00-17.30

Location: World Fashion Center

Adress: Koningin Wilhelminaplein 13, 1062 HH Amsterdam

I still have a dew tickets so please email me asap if you want a free ticket. Hope to see you in Amsterdam!

Invitation for an Exposition

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Dear friends,

I am happy and excited to invite you to the solo exposition of my fine art photography project entitled Portals. I have been working on this project for several years and the time has come to now present it as an unfolding story. A journey through a labyrinth of imagined realities, and dislocations in time and space.

Some of these images were internationally exhibited last year, and the series recently received an Honorable Mention at the Fine Art Photography Awards (FAPA) 2015. The exposition will take place at the Sophie Maree Gallery in The Hague on September 11-13, 2015.

I will be happy to see you at the opening reception on Friday 11 September between 16.30-18.30 hrs. If you cannot be there on Friday I will gladly offer you a tour and a drink sometime on Saturday or Sunday, 12-13 September.

It will be the first time for the images from this series to be for sale, so special prices will apply during the exposition. The images presented at the show will be available in limited edition. During these days, I will also give away a special fantasy gift with each image – a unique little object that I’ll keep secret for now: After all, the Portals project is about mystery and fantasy…

I hope you can join the party and enjoy the spectacular view on the marina of The Hague from the gallery’s sunny terrace!

Here are the details:

Time: Friday 11 September, 2015 from 16.30-20.30

Weekend 12-13 September, 2015 from 11.00-17.00

Location: Sophie Maree Gallery

Address: Hellingweg 96, 2583 WH Den Haag

The gallery is located close to the Zuiderstrand Theater, the Fotomuseum and Gemeente museum Den Haag.

Please let me know if you will be there or if you have any questions (you can call me at 06-21553028 or email me at olga@olgarook.com)

Hope to see you soon!

Olga

Fine Art Photography Spring-Summer 2015

Hi friends, I hope you are enjoying the summer!

It’s time again for a personal update.

After having my work exhibited at the New York Center for Photographic Art “Portraits” exposition in April (and having obtained two Honorable mentions for “Nostalgia” and “Lara” portraits) I was up to more international expositions.

During the first half of June an image from my “Waves” series was on exhibit at the PH21 Gallery in Budapest.
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Back to Childhood: A Fairytale Picnic

Childhood is more than a beautiful age to photograph. After we grow up we still carry its memories, lessons and experiences with us. The link to your younger “self” through the time fascinates me. So recently I have started a photo project on memories and emotions that our old toys (or some material objects from the past) awaken.

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Winter Efteling: the Magic

I still like fairy tales, they speak to my imagination. And winter holidays are all about magic. So I was very happy when my husband surprized me with tickets to the winter Efteling theme park. I knew it will be a long day full of walking but I could not resist the temptation of taking a camera with me. Well, just one lens… And now I cannot help sharing some photos with you.

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Model Call

The Remains of Childhood

Wintertime is filled with magic that always makes me recall my childhood years and think of childhood as such.

Childhood memories is also the theme of my new portrait project and you are welcome to become part of it!

I will make several portraits of grownups – between 27 and 90+ years old – with their old toys or other objects bringing back their childhood memories.

Do you want to be my model, share your childhood memories and receive a free portrait by me?

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Then email me why you want to model (perhaps you also have some story to tell) and don’t forget to attach a snapshot of yourself and your old toy/object. I will select ten persons for this project.

To receive news, photography tips and model calls from me please subscribe on my homepage www.olgarook.com (at the bottom of the page). You’ll also get a free copy of eBook on portrait photography tips.

Farewell 2014, Welcome 2015!

The year is coming to an end. I hope you have had a good year and would like to thank you for your support and to wish you happy holidays and a healthy and prosperous 2015!

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Winter Story and Season’s Greetings

It may still feel like autumn and  at moments even like spring but it’s winter time. And it has its own beauty and magic, also without stunning snow decoration.

Let me share here some photos from a recent walk in the surroundings of Doorn. Sometimes I walk in the woods there during summer and Fall.

But this time of the year has its special charm. I like its silence and a kind of contemplative mood it brings, the early dusk with its subtle tones and the overall mysterious atmosphere.

Here is a photo story of this winter arriving incognito and stepping on the rests of the autumn leaves.

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O, Jerusalem

Last month I’ve spent a few days in Israel. It was peaceful then, and we had a wonderful excursion to Jerusalem. I’d like to share with you some images from that visit. This ancient city wrapped in mystery…

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Memories of Paradise: Flowers on Vogue Italia

It smells like spring and I am so excited to see flowers and blossoms appearing overnight! Flowers are always such an inspiration for me.

Recently I bought a small bouquet of fritillaries in a lovely flower boutique in Schoonhoven. The flowers were so gentle and poetic, almost other-worldly. I could not help but feature them in my fine art work.

The editors of Vogue Italia apparently liked them too – both images made it to the Best Of PhotoVogue, which, of course, is very cool. Let me share with you these “Memories of Paradise”, as I called them.

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Happy 2014!

Wishing you and your family a most healthy and happy New Year!

Winter fairy tale is missing outside, so here is a minute of magic for the mood:

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Lots of Love,

Olga

Daguerreotypes: the Magic of the first Photo Method

Do you like old portraits? I find them fascinating: they are both about people and about time. And there is always some mystery in the past… So today I have very different images and a story to share with you. It is about two daguerreotype portraits I bought in a small antique shop in Chartres.

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A Ghost Story for Halloween

It’s time for a Halloween ghost story!

A couple of years ago, (time flyes!) I had a cool photo session with Edmond Steens, a Dutch actor and a model. Our main photo session was over. We had done a lot but still had some energy left, and it was a beautiful October day. Why not take an improvised photo walk after an indoor session? So we took a couple of props with us and headed to a nearby park. The park turned out to lie next to an old Schiedam graveyard – it used to be Roman Catholic and got almost abandoned long ago. A beautiful neoclassic chapel now hosts a Romanian Orthodox Church.

Black and white portrait of an elegantly dressed man with white angel wingsThe graveyard was closed – but we got some crazy ideas. Edmond played a kind of Mafioso ghost approaching the gates of the other world. Nobody welcomes him and he tries to break in, without success. Will he ever find his peace? With such white wings this ghost cannot be totally bad, don’t you think so?

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