Peters Projects of Santa Fe is proud to present Reading H2O: The Grammar of Water, a series of photographs by noted Dutch photographer Dirk Bakker opening Friday, March 29, 5-7pm.
Dirk Bakker has had a long and extensive career since leaving his position as Director of Photography at the Detroit Institute of Arts to live in Mexico. Moving his life to a different terrain, Bakker’s current series of photographs explore the essential need of man - water, capturing bodies of this life-force in sensuous and thrilling photographs taken over a five year period on various continents.
“In viewing the crashing waves,” states Bakker, “I saw archetypal featureless events that were yet highly knowable and comprehensible, while never being quite alike. I decided to attempt to find structure in this perceived restlessness and waded into the surf with a camera….it was like learning a language, the endless number of word choices, being given structure by grammar.”
In 1981 Bakker was appointed Director of Photography at the Detroit Institute of Arts, and in 2010 moved to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. In the museum field, he is especially known for his fieldwork with the art and architecture of ancient civilizations and Native American art and culture. Some notable books in these areas include The Art of the Taino People (1993) published by the museum Petit Palais in Paris; The Sculpture of Indonesia (1992) by the National Gallery in Washington DC; and The Art of West Mexico by the Art Institute of Chicago in 1998, Design in America: The Cranbrook Vision (1985) for Abrams Publishers in New York and Discovering Stained Glass in Detroit (1987) for Wayne State University Press. In 2009 he reopened his photography studio called Artbook, specializing in publications on art and architecture.
For more information, contact Mark Del Vecchio, Director, 505.954.5748, or firstname.lastname@example.org.