“If there is such a thing in photography as a “decisive moment”, the term coined by Henri Cartier-Bresson, then there must also be the opposite – the casual, corner of the eye event. These, almost unnoticed events are what photographer André Thijssen captures.
Thijssen literally looks beyond the obvious subject. He is a photographer who concentrates on the periphery of the frame, he sees beauty in things that most people aren’t interested in. Thijssen’s work provides access to parallel worlds, of which we are occasionally also aware, however we prefer to ignore these unfathomable moments in time.
Throughout Thijssen’s body of work his images could form the backdrop to the short stories of Raymond Carver. They are images of kitchen sink realism, slices of life apparently without significance but laced with possibilities.
The photographs challenge our sense of perception and forces us to take a better look at our surroundings, his photographs are pencil sharpeners for the eyes.
A selection of images and short films will make up Thijssen’s exhibition at KK Outlet. Fringe Phenomena One & Two are published collections of Thijssen’s work and will both be on sale throughout October.
André Thijssen is an image maker based in Amsterdam. Thijssen’s work has been shown in galleries and museums across Europe and North America. His commercial client list includes Creative Review, Laurence King, Penguin, Esquire and New York Magazine.” – KK Outlet
André Thijssen, ‘Peripheral Visions’
KK Outlet, Hoxton Square, London
October 7 – 29, 2011