Johan van der Keuken, guest of honour at the Mois de la Photo
Portrait and interview with photographer and film-maker Johan van der Keuken, guest of honour at the Mois de la Photo in Paris. This photographer has never stopped working on forms and light, through very eclectic subjects of nude photographs from the Chechnya war. He's also made about fifty documentaries such as Amsterdam, Global Village, which we see an excerpt from.
Dying in Amsterdam in 2001 where he was born in 1938, Johan van der Keuken was a Dutch photographer and filmmaker whose very productive career lasted over 40 years. He began photography at the age of 12 and at 17 years old published his first photograph collection. From 1956 to 1958 he took lessons at the IDEHC (Institute for Higher Cinematographic Studies, Paris) and took advantage of this trip to photograph the capital's streets.
Following that, he began creating several documentary films, over 50 in the course of his life, often award winning. At the same time, he continued his activity as a photographer, published texts about photography and cinema in different magazines, wrote a column in the cinematographic review Skrien and gave conferences about cinema.
He travelled the world with his wife who held the microphone while he filmed reality, without exhibitionism. Commenting on the three documentaries of the North-South ensemble, he declared in 1974, "The feeling I had throughout filming was: I too could have been a black schoolboy from Cameroon, or a prematurely ageing retarded woman in a ghetto in Columbus, or one of those futureless Indians from the Andes mountains..."