IRENE VAN NISPEN KRESS
WHO I AM & WHAT I DO
I am a storyteller, spending most of my time working on in-depth long term projects about social issues concerning diversity.
After a career of working into different fields of media such as television directing and web design, I came back to my ‘roots’ of photography. Photography was the first medium I used to express myself artistically.
My broad multi-media experience shaped my approach and the use of audio interviews to let the subjects tell their own stories, combined with the images make my work more distinctive and engaging.
My social documentary photography has an inside out approach: instead of being an outside observer, I try to let the subjects speak for themselves as much as possible. Focussing on what primarily drives them. Trying to inspire people to update their way of perceiving things.
Currently, I am working on a photography project called Silver Stories: I have followed 3 elderly women (67, 68, 76) in the Netherlands in the intimacy of their daily lives, questioning today’s feeling of having a date of expiration; the time you start getting invisible. For young people, for men, for society.
You become ‘that old lady’. Of no importance. Although nothing changed only your skin and the flexibility of your body. The same YOU is inside. With all your abilities and experience. Your character has matured and has become only more unique. It’s time to value this.
Since we live longer and stay healthy much longer, we need positive role models, who are dynamic and energetic, who also show how to accept the growing vulnerability that still comes with age.
Women have always been valued for their beauty and fertility, which for them makes ageing a process that comes with a loss that never remains unnoticed.
The project consists of pictures accompanied by fragments of audio interviews. The Silver Stories book is on its way! The book called ‘Silver’ will be published in 2019.
Another long term project I am working on is about Jasmine, a woman who once was a man.
Leica Fotogafie International blog: http://lfi-online.de/ceemes/en/blog/one-photo-one-story-irene-van-nispen-kress-1259.html
Catalogue Biennale Venice 2017, by GAA Foundation and European Cultural Centre : Personal Structures – Open borders Sculptor Ellen Klijzing page 163-165 2 pictures
GUP magazine Instagram :
Leica Fotografie International blog
Kiekie Tabloid: https://www.kiekietabloid.com/blog/irenevannispenkress
I was selected to attend to the Think Tank of the Copenhagen Tech Festival. Consisting of 150 people of 48 countries, to create a tech principle with them in 48 hours. Brought together as the Copenhagen catalog:
After studying audiovisual design at the Gerrit Rietveld Art Academy in Amsterdam, I worked for Dutch national television. First as an assistant and later as a one-camera director in the field. At SAE Technology College I was trained to be a multi media producer. After that I worked in the ICT business as a project and content relationships manager and designed websites.
Then I began to write, advise and provide creative training. Finally I have gone back to my roots of photography; something I started to do even before art school .
To come back from the moving to the still image and broaden my vision and network I attended intense documentary photography workshops abroad, with big names in documentary photography like Gary Knight, Marcus Bleasdale, Philip Blenkinsop, Christopher Morris, Es Kashi, Antonin Kratochvil, John Stanmeyer and Donna Ferrato. I worked with them in Burma, Rwanda, France, Greece, Chernobyl (Ukraine), Armenia and Germany.
In 2016 I was selected to attend to a 7 months masterclass by VII Photo Agency in Berlin together with photographers out of 16 different countries.
WHAT I CAN DO
I work with a Leica camera using a 35mm Summicron and a 50mm Summilux lens.
To tell a story you often need several platforms. I can be of your service helping you create a multi platform experience.
My personal work mostly consists of long projects about social issues.
Over the years I have become a design consultant for personal websites.
How best to communicate depends on your goal and who you are. I love to help people explore these options.