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Rohn Meijer, Dutch/American photographer, resident in Milan, Italy, since the middle 80’S. As a special witness of the golden years of the “Made in Italy” fashion phenomenon, he contributed to some of the most influential fashion magazines, both in Milan and abroad, making him a privileged interpreter of an era. His ability to “seize the moment” behind the scenes created much demand for his work. He captured those Super Top Models seconds before gliding out onto the grandness of the catwalk.
For those who did not live the period or are not specifically interested in fashion there is an immediacy of the images through their strong colours, contrasts and the inexhaustible presence of the subjects.
AFTER A CHANCE FINDING OF OLD SLIDES AND NEGATIVES IN HIS STORAGE SPACE IN AMSTERDAM, DECAYED BY HUMIDITY AND BY TIME, CREATED NEW LIFE. TRANSFORMING THE SUBJECTS WHO WERE ONCE THE SOUL OF THESE PHOTOGRAPHS: THE BODIES OF YOUNG MEN, FACES OF BEAUTIFUL WOMEN, NOW TRANSFIGURED BY CORROSION TO CREATE A VISUAL “SHORT CIRCUIT” AND GIVING THE IMAGE AN ALMOST MYSTICAL SENSE OF MEMORY AND DISCOVERY.
METAMORPHOSIS ALWAYS INVOLVES A RADICAL CHANGE IN THE FORM OF AND ASPECT OF AN OBJECT, AND THAT OF ROHN MEIJER IS A PROCESS OF CONTINUING,, “BECOMING”.
“NOTHING IS DESTROYED, EVERYTHING IS TRANSFORMED”.
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