2003: Year in Review
Foam kickstarts its second year with a big exhibition on the famous fashion photographer Mario Testino. Portraits helps a number of new visitors find their way to Foam, and they keep returning for the other exhibitions. In 2003, Foam combines an early penchant for interesting installations with a mix of different photographic genres.

20 December 2002 – 23 March 2003

Kate Moss for Harper’s Bazaar, 1996 © Mario Testino

Mario Testino made a name for himself with his fashion photography and glamour portraits of Hollywood stars, super models and other celebrities.  Foam shows around 100 of his photographs from the 1994 - 2002 period, including images of Madonna, Kate Moss, Robbie Williams, Julia Roberts and Princess Diana.

Mario Testino - Portraits is made possible by the VandenEnde Foundation, BMW, Burberry and Dom Pérignon. Organised by The National Portrait Gallery, London.

17 January – 2 March 2003

Biennale Milaan, 1957 © Eva Besnyö

Eva Besnyö (b. 1910, Hungary) was educated as a commercial photographer in the 1930s. She became one of the first documentary photographers to work according to the ideas of New Objectivity, and as thus stood at the birth of the New Photography. A selection of her best work is shown in Foam, curated by herself. 

18 januari – 2 maart 2003

Installation Joachim Schmid in Foam, 2003 © Joachim Schmid

The work of Joachim Schmid is based on materials he found in the street, on fleamerkets and in magazines. In Belo Horizonte, Praça Rui Barbosa, Schmid is showing new prints of color negatives he found in the trash of Brazilian photo studios. The result: a series of portraits of the local residents, presented in a spatial installation. 

4 April – 10 June 2003
Go No Go © Ad van Denderen

Ad van Denderen has been travelling along the borders of the Schengen countries, looking for migrants from within Europe and beyond. He saw a shadow society created by people who want to build a life for themselves, but who are not welcome anywhere. With his photography he wants to provide a more three-dimensional picture of this complex social issue and to give a face to those people who would otherwise remain anonymous.

Go No Go is supported by Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst; Evert Stichting, Fonds voor Beeldende Kunsten, Vormgeving en Bouwkunst, Fonds Bijzondere Journalistieke Projecten, Mondriaan Stichting, Mosaïque Programme, NCDO, Stichting Doen, Stichting Fonds Anna Cornelis en VSB Fonds.

24 April – 23 June 2003

Wilderness, 2003 © Misha de Ridder

Misha de Ridder photographed the archetypes of the natural landscape: the Grass, the Tree, the Shrub, the Rock. Detailed portraits of striking apparitions that he found while travelling through Northern Africa.

Wilderness is made possible with support from the Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst and the Fonds voor de Beeldende Kunsten, Bouwkunst en Vormgeving.

20 June – 24 August 2003
Installation Panorama Amsterdam, 2003 © Foam 

Amsterdam is without doubt the most photographed city in the Netherlands. Millions of times it has been either the subject or background of photographs. Many photo exhibitions and photo books have been dedicated to the city. But one specific genre has been neglected: the panorama photograph. The exhibition Panorama Amsterdam changes this, with over 100 panorama photographs by thirty photographers.

Panorama Amsterdam was made possible by The Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, Kleurgamma, De Verbeelding and Rijnja repro. 

6 September – 2 November 2003

Mitzi, Vermont, 1974 (detail) © Susan Meiselas / Magnum Photos

The exhibition Intimate Strangers shows two related projects by Magnum photographer Susan Meiselas: her first project, Carnival Strippers, and the more recent Pandora’s Box. Carnival Strippers illustrates the lives of female strippers working in local Fairs throughout the US during the 1970s. The Pandora’s Box series was made in the New York SM club of the same name. The combination of these two series gives an insight into how society’s attitude has changed towards feminism and the sex industry in the last thirty years. Both projects are seen from the perspectives of the women, their managers and the clients.

Susan Meiselas - Intimate Strangers was realised with the help of Magnum Photos.


Three women, Soutelo de Montes, Pontevedra, Spain, 1930 © Virxilio Vieitez / Agence VU 

Auke Vleer en Barbara Dijkhuis | Roeland Fossen & Bewegingstheater BEWTH | Hans Samsom en Laura Samsom-Rous | Fonds Anna Cornelis: Tien jaar Nederlandse Documentaire Fotografie (1992- 2002)  | Facing : Korea – ID | Virxilio Vieitez | Hanneke van Velzen

Foam is supported by the BankGiro Loterij, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, City of Amsterdam Delta Lloyd, Olympus and the VandenEnde Foundation.

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2003: Year in Review