About the Photographer
Dutch, b. 1972
Viviane Sassen is a world-renowned fashion photographer who has gained increased recognition for her distinct artistic voice and her fluid approach to her practice as she routinely alternates between personal, editorial, and commercial works. The pieces presented here are from her ongoing personal project, UMBRA, in which she returns to Kenya--where she lived during the first few years of her childhood--to consider her past and the idea of the shadow, which features prominently in her commercial practice. Sassen uses reflective surfaces, opaque shading and vivid color, to create imagery of both people and objects, often referring to the history of abstract painting and artists like Kasimir Malevich and Mark Rothko. Sassen’s work has been exhibited globally in institutions such as Atelier Néerlandais, Paris; the Photographer’s Gallery, London; Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland, and the Institute of Contemporary Art, London, to name only a few. Her bibliography is extensive and her book UMBRA won the Gold Medal for Best Book 2016 at Deutsche Fotobuchpreis.