I met Leo Erken in Amsterdam. He is a documentary photographer. He studied in at AKI Academy of fine Art in the Netherlands. Leo has been working as a documentary photographer for many years, shooting in Eastern Europe and Russia. In the late 1990s he started moving towards documentary film making. Since 2007 Leo Erken is a lecturer at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. His book «Street» based on Russian material published this year in Germany.
Come with me to meet Steve Bisson in Treviso, who is a curator of photo and video festivals, a founder of popular photo blog Urbanautica, teacher at university in Venice and art-director of Browning Gallery in Italy. I am sure all of you, guys, have been in contact with him while sending him your new projects longing to see it posted at Urbanautica, haven’t you? It is time to meet him personally and know a bit more about his work and his views about photography!
In this essay, I explore the representation of ageing in contemporary documentary projects and discuss projects that mix documentary and fictional approaches.
In contemporary documentary photography one can observe a variety of images depicting elderly people, their daily lives, their habits, attitude towards life, and relationships.