Annelies Damen

  Annelies Damen (1968), after her studies at Nyenrode University (BBA), started a promisingcareer in the business world on a high level (sales, marketing and real estate). But there was aninner call: “Photography became my main focus while traveling through Africa for a year fromMorocco to South Africa. I decided to change my career and started a study at the Academy ofPhotography in Amsterdam. I love traveling around the world, especially in Africa. The women onthis continent fascinate me: magical, proud, independent as well as sensual. From my first longjourney in Africa onwards women became the central theme in my photography.”In 2006 Damen graduated at the Academy of Photography in Amsterdam. From her studio basedin the same city, the world is her working field for autonomous photo projects. Using this medium,Damen has sensitively captured strong female imagery from a myriad of cultures, which connectsboth to complement their surrounding landscape, creating a sort of sublime interaction in herwork. As an artist she demonstrates the symphony between the female form in natural orarchitectonic settings, creating a painterly meeting of shadows, shapes and lines that are steepedin poetic beauty.Annelies has exhibited worldwide, including shows in New York, Paris, Mumbai, London andAmsterdam. Her work is widely collected and has been exhibited in various institutions includingSCOPE Miami, Sotheby’s, Fotofever Paris, Rademakers Gallery, White Space and GorcumsMuseum.   

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