Paul Kooiker moves at the interface between fashion and art. Working in his Amsterdam studio, he creates a new and idiosyncratic form of fashion and still life photography that has received international acclaim. Kooiker often exaggerates the shape of bodies to the extreme. Using artificial body extensions, wigs, and extravagant props as well as light, shadow, and fragmentation, he creates a unique visual language whose surreal undertone often recalls icons of photography and art history. Social themes such as diversity, body positivity or the fetishisation of bodies translate directly into Kooiker’s image production.
Alongside his exhibitions and books in fine art, spanning over two decades, Kooiker has shot fashion stories for magazines including Vogue Italia, Luncheon and AnOther, whilst his commercial clients include Givenchy, Valentino and Rick Owens.
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