I find that black and white photography is much more powerful. And expressive. And honest.
And done by a master like Anton Corbijn it becomes art.
His new exhibition of portraits currently at Foam in Amsterdam is nothing but that. Portraits of artists series was born out of Corbijn’s fascination with the creative process and the accompanying pain and struggle.
Very graphic, stripped of the superfluous these portraits capture the very essence of the subject —
all big names from the field of arts, music, sports, public life.
Corbijn is no voyeur, neither is he a dazzled admirer. Undoubtedly a great reader of character he achieves total fusion with his subject, to the point that you forget that there’s a photographer between you two.