OBA & Foam: Reading Images
Foam presents a selection of photographs from the collection at OBA, the Amsterdam Public Library.

From 2 September until 30 November 2016, Foam presents the exhibition Reading Images in OBA as a part of educational project Amsterdam Vertelt.

The meaning of a photo is often not as clear as it seems. We can read the image, but do we know how to read a visual image? What is a picture, an image anyway? Does it tell us all the same story, or do we look at it from different points of view?

The photographer has chosen a specific framework, a particular composition, a particular exposure. The final image is a snapshot, and thus explains only a fraction of the story. What happened before this shot? And what will happen one second later? What is the effect of the image on us, as an audience?

Fruit, 2008 © Krista van der Niet / Foam collectie

Paul Kooiker, Isabelle Wenzel, Peter Puklus, Sjoerd Knibbeler, Blommers en Schumm, Daniëlle van Ark, Raphaël Dallaporta, Richard Mosse, Mikhael Subotzky, Daniel Gordon, Krista van der Niet, Nicholas Gottlund, Léonie Hampton, WassinkLundgren, Sanne Peper, Ola Lanko, Lorenzo Vitturi, Jan Hoek, Anne de Vries en Corriëtte Schoenaerts.

Foam exhibits photographs of young talents and follows them through the course of their careers. Foam's collection is therefore representative of photography of the 21st century in which relevant developments in contemporary photography are visible. The collection now has more than 500 works and reflects the complexity of contemporary photography; many of the works sit on the boundary of the medium and show interactions with video art and sculpture.

Amsterdam Vertelt is made possible thanks to The Art of Impact, Fonds voor Cultuurparticipatie, Fonds Sluyterman van Loo, Stichting RCOAK and Stichting Maatschappij tot Nut van ’t Algemeen (Amsterdam).

Foam is a friend of Lang Leve Kunst.

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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OBA & Foam: Reading Images