Photographs by Koos Breukel. Edited by Marietta de Vries, Koos
Breukel. Text by Wim van Sinderen.
Veenman Publishers, Rotterdam, 2008. 216 pp., 30 color and 100 b&w illustrations, 9½x12¾".
This slightly oversized volume is
composed of 55 powerful black and-
white portraits by the Dutch
photographer Koos Breukel, all of
internationally renowned photographers
like Richard Avedon, Robert
Frank and Rineke Dijkstra—alongside
a major work, in color or blackand-
white, by each of the artists
who were photographed. Thus
Dennis Hopper’s portrait is followed
by a double-page spread of a biker
couple, and Hellen van Meene’s is
preceded by a beautiful adolescent
redhead wearing a too-large
camisole—looking over her shoulder
and bathed in Vermeer-ish light.
Made over the course of 15 years,
this series collects all of Breukel’s
greatest heroes, who willingly sat
for his 8 x 10 camera. Other featured
artists include Ron Galella,
Teun Hocks, Inez van Lamsweerde,
Daido Moriyama, Arno Nollen, the
Starn twins and a veritable who’s
who of Dutch twentieth-century
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