Ryokō netsu – Japan

Posted on May 16, 2016
Ryokō netsu – Japan

Japan had been on my list of places to visit since I was young. It turned out to be everything I hoped it would be. I enjoyed it so much that I hardly took any photos or videos, but here’s some that I did get.   Ryokō netsu – 2016 Japan from Martijn Savenije on Vimeo. […]

The Trouw Book

Posted on Nov 30, 2014
The Trouw Book

TrouwAmsterdam, which has grown to become one of the World’s most beloved venues, will officially close its doors on 3 January 2015. The building in which Trouw resides – a former printing press – combines a nightclub, artspace and restaurant. To commemorate the past six years the club will be releasing a book: the Trouw […]

Malawi

Posted on Aug 20, 2014
Malawi

Some time ago I took some shots of the terrific Malawi. They’ve released a great podcast for TrouwAmsterdam. Listen to it on Soundcloud or the player below.

Jason Fulford & Tamara Shopsin

Posted on May 31, 2014
Jason Fulford & Tamara Shopsin

There’s so much to learn from others. That’s why I always enjoy these kind of videos. Jason Fulford and Tamara Shopsin take us through some of their collaborations in this double projector presentation.  

The courtship of a Leica

Posted on May 11, 2014
The courtship of a Leica

A couple of months ago, I was filing some papers. Well, I call it filing, but jamming even more paper in an already packed cabinet, sounds closer to the truth. When I opened the cabinet, on one of its shelves lay my digital gear. It made me realise I hadn’t been using it for the […]

Holiday photography

Posted on May 2, 2014
Holiday photography

When I look up from the screen while I’m writing this, I’m looking out over a Ligurian valley. The surrounding green hills stretch towards the blue Mediterranean. Today is too cold for swimming so we’ve decided not to drive down the narrow twisting road but to stay and enjoy the magnificent view from the terrace […]

Cats in art

Posted on Feb 28, 2014
Cats in art

As most of us know, besides porn, the Internet gravitates towards cats. That, among many things, is why I – and probably you too – waste too much time on the web. So, guess what the most viewed page on this website is? Yes, it’s the one with all the cats. But the World’s fascination […]

Right as Grain

Posted on Jan 16, 2014
Right as Grain

Last week I came across a beautiful image by André Kertész. Capturing urban life, Kertész (1894–1985) wanted “to make photographs as by reflection in a mirror, unmanipulated and direct as in life.” He has manifested himself as one of the more important photographers of the twentieth century. Many obvious things are wonderful about the image. […]

Getting over Camera Shyness

Posted on Jan 7, 2014
Getting over Camera Shyness

Exactly one month ago, I asked people to participate in a little portrait project. I had put out the call because I was troubled by a big dose of camera shyness. Not in the way that I don’t like my picture taken, but that I got nervous picking up the camera to take pictures. Over […]

A photograph as a token of absence

Posted on Dec 17, 2013
A photograph as a token of absence

Nightclub TrouwAmsterdam will be banning party photographers. I wrote a piece for their blog with my thoughts on the subject. A photograph as a token of absence – on banning photographers Several decades ago, French newspaper Le Monde wouldn’t place photographs. Photographs were seen as a mere illustration to the essence of the message. This […]

Have your portrait taken

Posted on Dec 7, 2013
Have your portrait taken

The coming months I will be working on several documentary projects. I’m really looking forward to taking my time to carefully execute new series. Planning, getting in touch with the right people, getting proper authorization to shoot in certain locations etc. But I also like quick results. Which means I’m doing a side project in […]

Sharing Paths by Ruben Brulat

Posted on Nov 28, 2013
Sharing Paths by Ruben Brulat

A week or so ago, I received a package in the mail containing a new photo book by Ruben Brulat: Sharing Paths. He is a photographer whose work I’ve been following for quite some time. Let me take you through some of his work. Brulat is interested in man’s being, his habitats and motives. “First […]

Interview with Alex Prager

Posted on Nov 14, 2013
Interview with Alex Prager

Below is an interview with Alex Prager which I did in 2012 for the photography blog I run, copypasteculture. Alex Prager Born in 1979, Alex Prager is a self-taught American photographer and filmmaker who lives and works in Los Angeles. Copypasteculture met up with her to talk about her show in Foam photography museum in […]

Experimenting with Cinestill 800T film

Posted on Nov 6, 2013
Experimenting with Cinestill 800T film

Last month I had my first try with Cinestill film. Cinestill is motion picture cinema film converted to standard 35mm still photography and C-41 processing. The Cinestill 800T, which I had ordered from Germany, is specifically made for difficult low light tungsten situations, so I thought it’d be good to take on my trip to […]

Interview with Rineke Dijkstra

Posted on Nov 4, 2013
Interview with Rineke Dijkstra

Below is an interview I’ve done with Rineke Dijkstra for TrouwAmsterdam in 2012. “A nightclub is a beautiful dream” Tonight, March 29th 2012, Rineke Dijkstra will be back in a nightclub. This time not to make art, but to show it as part of Contemporary Art Club, Stedelijk @ Trouw / De Verdieping. TrouwAmsterdam was […]

Top three cultural highlights of New York City

Posted on Nov 3, 2013
Top three cultural highlights of New York City

My trip to NYC last month had several distinct highlights. Let me run you through them. Douglas Gordon First, I was amazed by seeing Douglas Gordon’s two channel Play Dead; Real Time at MoMA. The work was filmed in an empty Gagosian Gallery, where a four-year-old elephant was to perform several tricks – play dead, […]

Volunteers for photo documentary

Posted on Nov 2, 2013
Volunteers for photo documentary

English below Deelnemers gezocht Voor een fotoreportage ben ik op zoek naar mensen met een persoonlijkheidsstoornis. Het gaat om ‘eigen werk’. Dat betekent dus dat het niet bedoeld is voor publicatie in media. De fotoserie Het doel van de serie, is het vastleggen van de leefomgeving van de betrokkene. Indien gewenst wordt anonimiteit gewaarborgd. De […]

New website

Posted on Nov 1, 2013
New website

The past day I’ve been working on an overhaul of my website, which was long overdue. I’ve switched from Indexhibit to WordPress because Indexhibit just wasn’t able to integrate as easily as WordPress can. Also the site has a completely new look and feel, and I trust it is an improvement. It was long night […]