Dirk Braeckman is born in 1958 in Eeklo, Belgium. He lives and works in Ghent. Braeckman starts his artistic career as a photographer of portraits and self-portraits. Later, he chooses subjects of abandoned spaces and deserted rooms, body parts, surfaces of desks, walls, beds, etc for his black-and-white photos. Fragments are enlarged and take up the dimension of an all-embracing still life. With vague contours, the enlarged detail aims at catching a pure and essential, universal and anonymous image. By direct attention for the detail, the miniscule is elevated to auratic dimensions of the icon. The pictures are diaphanous yet suggestive: one recognises a personal narrative behind the large, unframed, black and white, but mainly grey photos.
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Please keep in mind that the rendering of the original gelatin silver prints on a digital platform is only approximate and involves considerable loss of quality, contrast, depth and mid-tones when shown on most computer monitors.
With their very specific tactile values, textures and wide tonal range characteristic of the matt baryte paper and the (mostly) large formats, the original photographs are thus extremely difficult to reproduce.
It goes without saying that only seeing them in reality can do them justice.
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