New photography acquisitions: Rob Nypels
The H+F Collection has purchased seven new works form the Dutch photographer Rob Nypels (Leiden, 1951, lives and works in Auvergne, located in France's Massif Central). The works were displayed earlier this year at the exhibition Only Gaze a While Longer: Poetic wilderness in the photographs of Rob Nypels in Huis Marseille in Amsterdam. Photography museum Huis Marseille was the first to give consideration to the new work of this photographer. The publication for the exhibition has been made possible by the H+F Collection. Both the exhibition and book bear the title Only Gaze A While Longer, taken from Tagebücher aus der Frühzeit (1899-1902) by Rainer Maria Rilke.

Nypels himself says the following about his approach and way of working:
"I don't look at landscape as something to absorb from a distance, but as something that you experience from within. I never want to be at a great distance. The point is for me to be able to place myself back in the subject again by way of what I make. That I can crawl right into it, as if it were a skin. And so the spatial portrayal does need to be intimate, but not detailed. My landscapes are not isolated details or still lifes. Though it may occasionally seem like a microcosm, my image always relates to immediate surroundings."

All photographs are analogue exposures form a 6x6 Mamiya C330 camera, with Kodak VC 160 film. The prints are C-Prints/ Endura, made by hand between September 2008 and May 2009 by Peter Svenson, AAP-lab, Amsterdam.

Illustrated: Rob Nypels, Ecstacy 0307 - Auvergne, Massif Central, France 2006 - 2009

New photography acquisitions: Rob Nypels  

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Han Nefkens started to collect art in 2000. The H+F Collection, named after himself and his partner Felipe, is in long-term loan to various museums in The Netherlands and abroad. Nowadays Han Nefkens is not only active as a collector but also as an initiator of international art projects, often in collaboration with museums and other art institutions.