Tom Stappers (1944, Deventer, The Netherlands)


"House Party Club Exposure", 1995

After seeing the work of Magnum-photographers Bruce Davidson and Henri Cartier-Bresson in 1961 Tom Stappers knew he wanted to be a photographer and what's more: how he wanted to photograph. He started taking pictures of the interesting subjects he came across, and soon focused on the gypsies he already knew well from his The Hague neighbourhood. He even made several  journeys with them in France, Italy, Germany and Belgium. Tom Stappers also became friends with well-known Dutch photographer Ed van der Elsken, with whom he shared several interests. In 1994 house parties became the new favorite subject of Tom Stappers, who worked on it intensively for four years. Later he did an extensive series about the periphery of The Hague for the municipal archive. During that time he continued to do lots of pure street photography wherever and whenever he could. Strongly influenced by the great American photographer Garry Winogrand, he always remains true to himself with a recognizable style. Tom Stappers' work -widely noticed- is represented in a growing number of internationally renowned collections, both in museums and private. Exhibitions and collections: FotoMuseum Antwerp, Museée de la Photographie Charleroi, Museet for Fotokunst Odense, Corcoran Museum of Art Washington D.C., Musée de l'Elysée Lausanne, Museum of London, University of Leiden, Rotterdam Historical Museum, Bibliothèque National Paris and many others.

Signed vintage prints, size 40x30cm, are for sale in Galerie 't Fotokabinet. Price € 600,- (included matting, framing and VAT).

Photographers website: www.tomstappers.com.