My name is René Koster, I'm a photographer based in the Amsterdam area in the Netherlands. The work I make mostly concentrates on portrait, documentary and reportage.
Even before my time at the Art Academy I already had a keen interest in art and history; this often shows in my work. Being inspired by books and movies as well, often a sense can linger on to find its way into my work at some time.
After reading “1812”, that tells the tragic story about Napoleon’s invasion of Russia, I set out to Waterloo to portray re-enactors. Devoting their time to carefully reconstructing events and periods these men and women form a new community, an alliance where nationality and age are irrelevant. Rather than choosing a journalistic approach, I leaned heavily on the 18th-century art of painting. Isolating my subjects, carefully avoiding elements that could be linked to the present times; I wanted to give this series a sense of drama.
There is always a concept of the narrative before I start taking photographs. For every journey, I prepare by collecting information about the area and its history. This enables me to form an idea about the story I want to tell through my work. Then, my focus shifts towards finding the right pictures that fit into the story.
A journey to Antarctica by a tall ship built in 1911 gave me the chance to make a photo series dedicated to the great explorers of the early 1900s.
The slow rate of travelling by sailing ship influenced my way of taking photographs; searching to capture the stillness, harmony and tragedy in the landscape.
In 2018 the quest for Antarctica continued when two men, American adventure-athlete Colin Brady and British Army Captain Louis Rudd, both set out to become the first person in history to cross Antarctica solo and unsupported. Photographing Rudd during his last preparations in a freezing storm in Iceland that lasted for days, gave me a sense of the hardship that this modern explorer was about to face during his solo trek. To honour Ernest Shackleton who trekked towards the South Pole in extremely difficult conditions, leading the 'Endurance' expedition of 1914-16, Rudd's expedition was named “Spirit of Endurance”.
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Awards & Nominations
Nomination Photography Grant - Nature 2017 ; Work from the project “Blossom”
Nomination Photography Grant - Story Telling 2016 ; Work from the project “Antarctica”
Travel Photographer of The Year; ‘Four girls on a balcony’ from the photo documentary ‘Dutch Beach’, jury’s favourite image
Travel Photographer of The Year; work from ‘South, in the footsteps of Shackleton’ runner up
London Photographic Association; portrait work from the “1900” project, highly commended
Nomination Caribbean Travel Writer Award
Nomination Scandinavian Press prize
Nomination Aad Struijs Persprijs 2019 for film New York; ‘Keep Your Splendid Silent Sun’
Nomination Malta International Photo Contest 2018 -Top 15 Nature - ‘Brown Bear’
Auteursrecht en Algemene Voorwaarden
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