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Bieke Depoorter (b. 1986, Belgium) received a master’s degree in photography at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent in 2009. At age 25, she was made a nominee of Magnum Photos, where she was named a full member in 2016. Depoorter has won several awards and honors, including the Magnum Expression Award, The Larry Sultan award, and the Prix Levallois. She has published four books: Ou Menya, I am About to Call it a Day, As it May Be, and Sète#15. The relationships Depoorter establishes with the subjects of her photographs lie at the foundation of her artistic practice. Accidental encounters are the starting point, and how these interactions naturally develop dictates the nature of Depoorter’s work. Several recent projects have been the result of Depoorter questioning the medium. In As it May Be, she gradually became more aware of her status as an outsider, both culturally and as a photographer. So, in 2017, she revisited Egypt with the first draft of her book, inviting people to write comments directly onto the photographs. In the ongoing project Agata, about a young woman Depoorter met at a striptease bar in Paris, she explores her interest in collaborative portraiture. It’s an example of Depoorter’s interest in finding people that can work with her in telling a story. These stories are always partially hers and partially theirs. (Photo shot in Paris, France, 2017. Photo sponsor: Chantal Whelan.)


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