Herman van den Boom
1950 in Essen-Belgum
1968–1970 Academy for Industrial Design Eindhoven (NL)
1970–1974 Academy for Fine Arts Enschede
(AKI Art & Design Enschede ArtEZ)
1970 Royal University College of Fine Arts in Stockholm
Herman van den Boom is a Belgian photographer, artist, and designer.
As photography professor later he taught:
1978-1980 AKI Art & Design Enschede ArtEZ (NL)
2002 The Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp (HISK)
2003-2005 Academy for Fine Arts Maastricht
Van den Boom works mainly with photographs, although he has also produced collages and sculptures. His photographs are both black and white and colour images with nature, cityscapes and human figures as a main subject. The resulting product evokes the poetry of the real world, in search of striking vantage points and light effects.
“Herman van den Boom’s ability to notice details that he then plays against the broader backgrounds of society and culture turn his work into esthetical, intriguing studies in human landscape that should be approached as metaphors questioning the way we are and live as human beings.”
Initially, the metamorphosis that objects undergo in photography from three-dimensionality to two-dimensionality was his starting point. He used the cut up and sometimes torn up photographs as a basis to create a new three-dimensional reality from the two-dimensional. Painted photographs stuck to wood were the starting point for his later painted collages (Gouache’s).
Travelling is a central element in his work and many of his photographs are taken on the road. Belgium, the United States, France, Spain, Germany, Brasil, the United Kingdom, and Mexico, among others, appear in his pictures.
The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam-The Netherlands
The Hague’s City Museum-The Netherlands
The Prentenkabinet of the University of Leiden-The Netherlands
The Antwerpen’s Photography Museum-Belgum
The International Center of Photography in New York-USA
The Museum of Contemporary Art Rio de Janeiro-Brasil0
The museum for Photography Charleroi-Belgum
The Lieu Art Contemporain in Sigean-France
2010 Sony World Wide Photography Award for Landscape photography
2014 Sony World Wide Photography Award for Architecture photography.
2010 Honorable Mention by Curator Roxana Marcocci of the Museum of
Modern Art New York for his work at the SantaFe Photofestival.
2013 Prix de la Decouverte of the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris.
-Museum for Photography in Charleroi