Friso Boven – Biography
Friso Boven (1986) is a pure visual thinker. Thoughts, concepts and stories arise entirely in forms and images, which he captures and expresses in various widely diverse photographic styles.
Although born in Groningen, Friso was raised in Kano, Manchester, Seoul and New Delhi, driving him to further develop his skills rapidly. Consequently, he learned to express himself by drawing and later through photography. Friso is one of the rare self-taught photographers whose work has been acquired by both the Caldic Collection as the AkzoNobel Art Foundation.
Boven’s work covers a wide variety of genres, themes and styles. From fashion photography to autonomous art, from improvised street photography to staged studio sessions. His work is known for his highly original use of perspective, emotional engagement and an inexhaustible interest in people. Each of his images serve as an invitation to look at the world from another angle and always allow the possibility to shed a different light on the subject.
While living in New York, Friso focussed on street photography. By capturing the energy of the moment in lines, shadows, reflections and contrast, Friso creates a sense of stillness amidst apparent chaos. Friso loves to improvise and has a preference for the absurd.
Friso Boven is currently based in Amsterdam and collaborates with various fashion brands, PR agencies and numerous clients in other branches.
Shadows first (Friso Boven, 2014)
The series ‘Shadows first’ examines the influence of our perspective – and its consequences. By deliberately altering the viewer’s angle by 180 degrees, each photograph plays with the focus of our attention. Shot with the spring sun in its highest position, hard contrast-rich shadows occur, showing the same length as their objects, creating a fluid representation of pedestrians and cyclists against the hard lines of tramways and zebra crossings across the road. This series was shot at the Vijzelstraat in Amsterdam, mid-March 2014.