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About Richard Koek
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 the viewer has in mind.
Koek believes that when it comes to inspiring people to embrace a change in behavior, storytelling is the only thing that works. To him the story the viewer creates is the biggest compliment for his work, his own story is of no importance.
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 countless companies and non for profit organizations.
“I realized that Koek’s pictures have become part of my visual memory of New York City. That is a little strange, since it is not limited to my own memories, but includes Koek’s way of portraying the city. This city is very much a part of our collective memories, memories that Koek keeps vivid, evolving and alive with his indelible images.”
Erik van Ginkel, Managing Director, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
“Richard has a unique eye for the still astonishing diversity of New Yorkers, natives or transplants. A transplant himself, there’s no denying the power of Richard’s personal vision of the city he has made his home. His evident talent and the works’ singularity speak for themselves.”
Julia Gruen, Executive Director, Keith Haring Foundation, New York, NY
July 2016 Koek had his solo exhibition debut at SENASPACE NYC. The show has been curated by Julia Gruen and Erik van Ginkel.
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 has exhibited work at the Photoville Festival in NYC and Fotofestival Naarden in The Netherlands.
He currently Lives in Brooklyn, New York.