His portraits are pure, as he captures his subjects as calm beings in their Micro Cosmos
However his work is far from naive for it implies a tension between reality
and what he and the viewer have in mind.
Born in The Netherlands and raised by an Argentinian mother
he decided to exchange his native Amsterdam for New York City.
Koek has steadily gained ground in the American scene with assignments
for publications such as The New York Times, The New York Review of Books,
Interview Magazine, Stern Magazine and has worked for companies such as
Armani, Microsoft, Pepsi&Co and L’Oreal.
His latest project A yearly Magazine, celebrating NYC. Featuring the street work of KOEK
in collaboration with artists he encounters in New York has been successfully crowd-funded and launched.
He hopes to publish the second edition by the end of 2013.
May 2013 one of Koek’s CITYSCAPES will be recreated at FOTOFESTIVAL NAARDEN, THE NETHERLANDS
on a 130 feet wide fence.
Koek’s work has been purchased by The National Archives of Holland,
The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and The Royal Tropical Institute of Amsterdam.
He currently Lives in Brooklyn, New York.
info @ richardkoek.com
+1 646 295 7009