[ EPF 2013 SHORTLIST ]
Bart Koetsier follows the tradition of night street photographers in his series Taillights Fade.
Walking the dark hours of cities in Europe, the work-in-progress series so far includes Amsterdam, Paris, Marseille and Warsaw.
While many street photographers rely on anonymity and distance, Koetsier says he enjoys the night-time interactions and even, in a way, uses photography as an enabler for the experiences. Capturing the blurry, bizarre, and occasionally confrontational nature of night life, the photos are a mixture of color and black and white, yet maintain a consistent unsettling atmosphere.
In years to come Koetsier intends to create an image of time in days of economic hardship, not only shooting sombre images but also showing resilience, force, hope and humor among Europe’s inhabitants.
Bart Koetsier (1975, Doorwerth, The Netherlands) graduated with honours at the Photoacademy – December 2009 in Amsterdam.
Since then Bart works as a freelance photographer for several media, including the Dutch newspaper Het Parool, the Belgian daily De Morgen and publisher Van Oorschot.
Currently Bart works on his series ‘Taillights Fade’ – a document on life in the nightly streets of Europe.
In January 2013 Koetsier won 2nd prize in the category ‘portraits’ at the Zilveren Camera award 2012. In the summer of 2010 his work was honored with the 2nd price during the annual Photoacademy Award.
In 2011 and 2012 Bart Koetsier attended workshops held by Michael Ackerman – Agence VU Paris and a grant-writing-workshop by Donald Weber in Amsterdam.
Bart Koetsier is based in Amsterdam and represented by Hollandse Hoogte.