Gitterman Gallery is proud to present the first solo exhibition, in the United Sates, by the
contemporary artist, Machiel Botman (b.1955, Vogelenzang, The Netherlands). The exhibition
will open on Thursday, September 23rd from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and continue through Saturday,
The exhibition is concurrent with the release of Machiel Botmans second book, Rainchild
(Schaden.com, 2004) and exhibitions at Fnac Paris, Forum des Halles (September 7 - October
16) and at Foam_Photography Museum Amsterdam (September 17 - November 4).
Along with Rainchild and Botmans first book, Heartbeat (Volute,
1994), the work included in
the exhibition is autobiographical and is told in a non-linear, personal narrative style. The
span about twenty-five years with most being taken in the last ten.
Self-taught, Botman works instinctively, photographing in black and white, creating images
are as much about himself as who, what and where he photographs. Ever since he made his
first photograph at the age of 12, photography has always been a very intimate experience for
Machiel Botman. He does not pursue commercial work nor does he accept commissions.
Botman photographs the people and places in his life that affect him. From the portraits of his
friends and relatives to the pictures of strangers he meets to the gestural images of the
landscapes he passes through, Botmans images evoke a world of interconnectedness without
relying on overly poetic sentiment.
In 1976, after a brief career as a musician (even recording an album), Botman dedicated himself
to photography, teaching and curating. Machiel Botmans work is included in numerous
institutional collections including: Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris; Fnac, France; Tokyo Museum
Photography; West Australian Art Gallery, Perth; Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, Netherlands; Leids
Prentenkabinet, Netherlands; Architecture Institute, Rotterdam.
Machiel Botmans recent book, Rainchild is available at $60.
Deluxe copies of Rainchild are also available at $750. Each book is signed and fits within
cloth slipcase with a signed gelatin silver print of Art and Jaz, Sydney 1997, in an edition
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