A polarised eye
With a degree in illustration and history of art, Matthieu became involved in the world of digital imagery at the end of his studies. He worked on various productions which took him for long periods to Seoul, Saigon, San Francisco, Pune and Los Angeles, and became one of the specialists of animated film lighting. He worked on some of the major american projects such as Star Wars or Shrek, but it’s in France where he took on his biggest challenge as the lighting supervisor of the third feature length film of Enki Bilal: Immortel.
During his travels, Matthieu never stopped taking photos. A lover of the image and the instant, he likes an adventure and seeks to immortalise moments in time, capturing what hazard puts in his path : the mysteries of Saigon in black and white, the startling contrasts of America in colour, feminin sensuality in the studio… everything which crosses his inspiration, is incisively framed by his lens. His work as a lighting designer draws him towards enigmatic contrasts and bold lighting, but always with care to keep a balance between the reality and the show.
My preferred method is paperwork. I’m creating collages by using different kinds of illustrations, such as newspaper, books or calendars. For this handcraft I need good scissors and glue. I’m not using digital processing in my works.
My source of inspiration is life itself. Every encounter means inspiration. To express the vital forces is my intention.
When I start a new work, there is nothing I’m thinking of, no idea. It’s a flow. My intuition is leading me.
When the work is finished, I’m always surprised of the result. It’s a journey.
I am a Dutch documentary photographer, travelling around the globe. Specialised in capturing the remarkable life of Roma(gypsies) in Europe. Ih Holland, at my base in The Hague, i regularly work for magazines, newspapers and designercompanies.
Peter van Beek went to the fields and suburbs of many European countries, to document the lives of many Roma. Peter studied at the Academy of Arts in The Hague, Netherlands.
Peter became a documentary photographer in 1997. He captures lives and feels connected to remote groups and minorities all over the world. His interest for the Roma started during the Balkanwar, where he met lots of gypsies in Albania.His photo’s are documentary, raw and show fragility and pride.