Olaf Bode Essay

The Chairman of the Amateur League, Graham Bert joined an elite group of 17 people when he was honoured with Life Membership after a 33-year association with amateur football. Graham had played for Semaphore Central between 1958 and1970, and was Chairman of the Club between 1976 and 1978. He joined the Executive of the Amateur League in 1973 and rose to Chairman in 1978, a position he continued to occupy with distinction right up until 1992. Along with Alan Statton, Keith Sims, Elaine Davoren and John Dicker, Graham provided a sound and stable administrative base so necessary for such a large football association.

Two important rule changes were made in 1990. The N.F.L. had replaced the 15-metre penalty with the 50-metre penalty in order to reduce violence and time wasting, and this rule was taken up with mixed success by the amateurs (being modified in 1993). The other change to the rules was the introduction of the 15-minute ‘sin bin’ for players repeatedly using obscene language. If in the opinion of the umpire, a player was using obscene language which was audible to spectators, then after a warning the player could be sent from the ground for 15 minutes should he repeat the offence.

A club which had more name changes than most became Mile End Cats, discarding its previous mantle of S.A. College & Teachers and before that Murray Park Teachers and before that Murray Park C.A.E. and before that Wattle Park Teachers College. Another name change involved the Port Adelaide Presbyterian club which became North Haven. Two clubs from the S.A.F.A., Norwood Districts and Walkerville, transferred to the amateurs, the latter having previously spent 44 years as an amateur club before joining the S.A.F.A. Three clubs left, Para Hills returning to the Central District F.A., and Salisbury College and Salesian disbanding.

Several changes occurred in the A1 coaching ranks. Retained from the previous year were Tony Roach (Broadview), Stephen Clifford (Greenacres), Steve Curtis (Port District), Glenn Elliott (S.P.O.C.) and Bob Cross (Woodville South), whilst newcomers included John Turnbull (Adelaide Uni), Shane Reardon (Greek Camden), Ian Willmott (Kilburn), Peter Woite (Riverside) and Michael Farquhar (Scotch O.C.).

Premiership Tables

A1 Premiership Table

(as at the end of the minor round)

Following its outstanding season in 1989, Broadview began the new decade as favourites for the A1 flag, but it was Greek Camden under new coach Shane Reardon who blitzed the field to be undefeated after 18 rounds.

Played Won Lost Points Greek Camden 18 18 0 36 Riverside 18 14 4 28 Broadview 18 13 5 26 Kilburn 18 13 5 26 Adelaide University 18 9 9 18 Scotch O.C. 18 9 9 18 St.Peters O.C. 18 7 11 14 Greenacres 18 5 13 10 Woodville South 18 1 17 2 Port District 18 1 17 2

Two evenly-matched teams in Broadview and Kilburn fought out the First Semi at Daly Oval. Broadview started well against the wind, and when Kilburn finally got going, its inaccurate kicking for goal cost it dearly, as Broadview won by 4 points 9.12 to 8.16. In the Second Semi at Alberton, Greek Camden tore away after an even first half to beat Riverside 14.9 to 7.13. Rivvies came back in the Prelim Final at Alberton to kick 5 goals to nil in the first quarter against Broadview, and despite a fight-back by the Tigers, ran out comfortable winners 15.15 to 9.13. The Grand Final was played at Alberton Oval under umpires David Eitzen and Allen Robertson. This time it was Greek who got the jump as it poured on 7 goals to 1 in the first quarter, and so forced Riverside to play catch-up footy for the rest of the day. With Noel McCormack outstanding at centre half forward, Simon Sapranidis winning the roving duels, and Olaf Bode solid at full back, the Blues ran out winners 18.12 to 12.15. This was the first time that an A1 team had gone through the whole season undefeated since West Adelaide United in 1936, and only the sixth time it had been achieved since inauguration.

A2 Premiership Table

(as at the end of the minor round)

Three teams in Goodwood, Gaza and Rostrevor O.C. stood out in the A2 competition. Surprisingly, Gaza had never played in an A2 Grand Final in all of its 29 years in the Amateur League, 25 of which were in A2, and so had never competed in A1. This year was to be different.

Played Won Lost Pts Goodwood Saints 18 17 1 34 Gaza 18 14 4 28 Rostrevor O.C. 18 13 5 26 Sacred Heart O.C. 18 11 7 22 Prince Alfred O.C. 18 10 8 20 West Croydon 18 8 10 16 Pulteney O.S. 18 7 11 14 Gepps Cross 18 6 12 12 Plympton High O.S. 18 4 14 8 Brighton High O.S. 18 0 18 0

The First Semi Final at Largs Reserve was a thriller with Rostrevor getting up by 2 points after kicking 2 late goals, winning 10.8 to 10.6. The Second Semi at Blair Athol Reserve was more one-sided, as Goodwood won 24.15 to Gaza’s 17.12, Gaza kicking 9.3 in the last quarter. It looked as though Gaza might yet again stumble on the way to an A2 Grand Final, but in the Prelim. at Thebarton Oval, it opened up a lead of 5 goals and held on to beat Rostrevor 16.16 to 14.7, and so at last would compete at the top level of the Amateur League. In the Grand Final at Thebarton Oval, Gaza again started well, and looked the better side until classy half forward Robert A’Court dislocated his shoulder, after which Goodwood took over with Danny Reu burning on a wing, Darren Chyer winning at half back, and ruckman Tim Zilm feeding the ball to the forwards who kicked 15.10 to Gaza’s 9.9.

A3 Premiership Table

(as at the end of the minor round)

Seaton Ramblers from A2 and Kenilworth from A4 came together to lead the pack in A3, while Glenunga went on a big slide from 3rd to bottom.

Played Won Lost Pts Seaton Ramblers 18 14 4 28 Kenilworth Colonel Lt 18 13 5 26 Pembroke O.S. 18 10 8 20 Old Ignatians 18 10 8 20 Burnside Kensington 18 9 9 18 Rosewater 18 8 10 16 North Haven 18 7 11 14 Fitzroy 18 7 11 14 St. Michaels O.S. & H. 18 6 12 12 Glenunga 18 6 12 12

Old Ignatians won the First Semi at Camden against Pembroke O.S. 14.14 to 10.8, while Kenilworth reversed a 100-point flogging the previous week to defeat Seaton in the Second Semi at Hawthorn Oval 17.15 to 14.8. Seaton then led all day in the Prelim. Final at Norwood Oval against Ignatians to win 19.17 to 15.10, then swamped Kenilworth in the Grand Final at Prospect Oval 16.15 to 8.12, with young centreman Eddie Graham-Vanderbyl and dynamic wingman Geatabo Rugari inspirational.

Other Tables and Scores


Tea Tree Gully (34), Adelaide Lutheran (30), Modbury (28), Hope Valley (24), Edwardstown Baptist (20), Mitcham (14), Ethelton (12), Adelaide University C (10), Ferryden Park (6), Norwood Union (2).

1st S. Modbury 12.16 Hope Valley 6.7 2nd S. Tea Tree Gully 19.10 Adel Lutheran 5.6 Prelim. Modbury 15.18 Adel Lutheran 13.10 G.Fin. Tea Tree Gully 18.10 Modbury 13.10


Campbelltown Magill (30), Lockleys (24), Christian Brothers College O.C. (22), Ingle Farm (22), Flinders University (22), West Lakes (20), Mile End Cats (14), Unley (14), Immanuel O.S. (6), National Australia Bank (6).

1st S. C.B.C.O.C. 22.14 Ingle Farm 16.14 2nd S. Campb Mag 11.6 Lockleys 9.10 Prelim. C.B.C.O.C. 18.15 Lockleys 16.11 G.Fin. C.B.C.O.C. 11.12 Camp Mag 8.8


Walkerville (34), Norwood Districts (32), Ovingham (24), State Transport Authority (24), A.N.Z. Bank (14), S.A.Institute of Technology (14), Wingfield Royals (12), Glandore (10), Woodville District (8), Banksia Park O.S. (8).

1st S. S.T.A. 22.17 Ovingham 18.16 2nd S. Walkerville 21.10 Norwood Dist 19.18 Prelim. Norwood Dist 22.14 S.T.A. 11.15 G.Fin. Walkerville 24.15 Norwood Dist 11.9


Goodwood Saints C (31), Broadview C (30), Woodville South C (25), Alberton United (24), Gaza C (24), P.A.O.C. C (14), S.P.O.C. C (12), Greenacres C (8), Para District Uniting (8), Salisbury Central (4).

1st S. Woodville Sth 12.11 Alberton Unit 9.7 2nd S. Broadview 15.18 Goodwood 7.10 Prelim. Woodville Sth 17.16 Goodwood 11.14 G.Fin. Woodville Sth 14.9 Broadview 8.11


In the match against Adelaide Lutheran on June 23rd, Tea Tree Gully kicked 57.30, the second-highest score in the history of the Amateur League. Adelaide Lutheran had a rather miserable season losing by an average of 130 points each week. The premiership table at the end of the minor round was as follows: Tea Tree Gully C (32), Modbury C (28), Adelaide Uni E (28), Scotch OC C (23), Rostrevor OC C (15), S.H.O.C. C (14), Fitzroy C (2), Adelaide Lutheran C (2).

1st S. Adelaide Uni 8.10 Scotch OC 5.5 2nd S. Tea Tree Gully 17.13 Modbury 8.10 Prelim. Adelaide Uni 12.15 Modbury 10.4 G.Fin. Adelaide Uni 13.17 Tea Tree Gully 7.7


Kilburn C (32), Riverside C (30), Gepps Cross C (30), Port District C (24), Old Ignatians C (16), West Croydon C (14), Adel Uni G (12), Pulteney OS C (12), Greek Camd C (6), Glenunga C (4)

1st S. Port District 9.10 Gepps Cross 8.10 2nd S. Kilburn 12.10 Riverside 8.11 Prelim. Port District 18.4 Riverside 13.14 G.Fin. Kilburn 11.12 Port District 8.9


S.M.O.S.H. C (34), Hope Valley C (30), Walkerville C (28), Lockleys C (20), B.H.O.S. C (18), Burnside Kensington C (14), Rosewater C (12), West Lakes C (12), Norwood Districts C (12).

1st S. Walkerville 23.17 Lockleys 7.9 2nd S. S.M.O.S.H. 10.6 Hope Valley 9.8 Prelim. Walkerville 14.16 Hope Valley 9.19 G.Fin. Walkerville 12.12 S.M.O.S.H. 7.14


Seaton C (32), Adelaide Uni H (30), Ethelton C (26), Broadview E (26), Ingle Farm C (22), Kenilworth C (20), Pembroke OS C (8), Feryden Park C (8), Mitcham C (8), Wingfield C (0).

1st S. Ethelton 15.16 Broadview 10.8 2nd S. Seaton 14.11 Adelaide Uni 10.5 Prelim. Adelaide Uni 18.7 Ethelton 4.9 G.Fin. Adelaide Uni 13.8 Seaton 11.18


Campbelltown Magill C (28), S.A.I.T. C (28), Norwood Union C (26), A.N.Z. Bank C (22), S.T.A. C (18), P.H.O.S. C (14), Flinders Uni C (6).

1st S. A.N.Z. Bank 12.16 Norwood Union 9.9 2nd S. S.A.I.T. 8.15 Campb Magill 4.6 Prelim. A.N.Z. Bank 13.16 Campb Magill 10.13 G.Fin. S.A.I.T. 14.12 A.N.Z. Bank 6.7

A1 Reserve

Broadview (35), Kilburn (26), Greek (26), Adelaide Uni (24), Scotch OC (23), Riverside (20), Port District (10), Woodville South (8), S.P.O.C. (8), Greenacres (0).

1st S. Adelaide Uni 5.11 Greek Camden 4.4 2nd S. Broadview 11.10 Kilburn 7.4 Prelim. Kilburn 10.3 Adelaide Uni 9.7 G.Fin. Broadview 10.3 Kilburn 5.5

A2 Reserve

Goodwood (34), Rostrevor OC (34), P.A.O.C. (24), Gaza (22), S.H.O.C. (18), P.H.O.S. (18), Gepps Cross (12), West Croydon (12), B.H.O.S. (4), Pulteney OS (2).

1st S. Gaza 10.14 P.A.O.C. 4.5 2nd S. Rostrevor OC 12.9 Goodwood 10.11 Prelim. Gaza 14.7 Goodwood 12.12 G.Fin. Gaza 10.15 Rostrevor OC 6.5

A3 Reserve

Seaton (36), S.M.O.S.H. (24), Rosewater (23), Kenilworth (22), Burnside Kensington (22), Old Ignatians (21), Pembroke OS (11), Glenunga (8), Fitzroy (8), North Haven (5).

1st S. Rosewater 17.8 Kenilworth 8.7 2nd S. Seaton 10.12 S.M.O.S.H. 11.3 Prelim. S.M.O.S.H. 11.7 Rosewater 10.7 G.Fin. Seaton 13.11 S.M.O.S.H. 6.6

A4 Reserve

Tea Tree Gully (34), Modbury (28), Hope Valley (26), Adelaide Uni (24), Ethelton (22), Adelaide Lutheran (20), Norwood Union (10), Mitcham (8), Ferryden Park (6), Edwardstown Baptist (2).

1st S. Adelaide Uni 13.11 Hope Valley 7.5 2nd S. Modbury 12.5 Tea Tree Gully 7.11 Prelim. Tea Tree Gully 11.8 Adelaide Uni 11.7 G.Fin. Tea Tree Gully 15.9 Modbury 7.10

A5 Reserve

West Lakes (32), Campbelltown Magill (32), Ingle Farm (28), Lockleys (26), Flinders Uni (18), Unley (16), C.B.C.O.C. (15), Mile End Cats (7), National Australia Bank (4), Immanuel OS (2).

1st S. Lockleys 15.9 Ingle Farm 8.10 2nd S. West Lakes 7.9 Campb Magill 7.7 Prelim. Campb Magill 9.8 Lockleys 7.5 G.Fin. West Lakes 7.7 Campb Magill 4.6

A6 Reserve

Walkerville (34), S.T.A. (28), Norwood Districts (26), S.A.Inst.Tech. (26), Wingfield (20), Ovingham (16), A.N.Z. Bank (10), Glandore (8), Woodville District (8), Banksia Park OS (4).

1st S. Norwood Dist 6.15 S.A.I.T. 6.5 2nd S. Walkerville 12.15 S.T.A. 5.6 Prelim. Norwood Dist 8.7 S.T.A. 7.5 G.Fin. Walkerville 9.8 Norwood Dist 5.5

A7 Reserve

Goodwood (30), Broadview (30), Gaza (28), S.P.O.C. (22), Greenacres (21), Woodville South (18), P.A.O.C. (14), Alberton United (9), Salisbury Central (8), Para District Uniting (0).

1st S. Gaza 9.10 S.P.O.C. 6.8 2nd S. Broadview 14.12 Goodwood 12.8 Prelim. Goodwood 12.8 Gaza 4.4 G.Fin. Broadview 13.9 Goodwood 6.5

A8 Reserve

Adelaide Uni (35), Tea Tree Gully (30), Scotch OC (21), Rostrevor OC (21), Modbury (18), S.H.O.C. (12), Fitzroy (5), Adelaide Lutheran (2).

1st S. Rostrevor OC 8.5 Scotch OC 1.3 2nd S. Adelaide Uni 11.9 Tea Tree Gully 2.3 Prelim. Rostrevor OC 9.9 Tea Tree Gully 6.8 G.Fin. Adelaide Uni 12.14 Rostrevor OC 3.5

Under 17 (after 17 rounds)

Greenacres (34), Port District (31), Brighton High O.S. (26), Broadview (26), Hope Valley (21), Gaza (18), Gepps Cross (16), Wingfield (10), Tea Tree Gully (8), Ingle Farm (6), Seaton Ramblers (4), Norwood Districts (4).

1st S. B.H.O.S. 8.10 Broadview 7.5 2nd S. Greenacres 17.13 Port District 7.5 Prelim. B.H.O.S. 12.8 Port District 8.8 G.Fin. Greenacres 16.6 B.H.O.S. 5.11


State player Chris Horwood became the sixth St.Peters Old Collegian to win the A1 medal.

A future state player in David ‘Bomber’ Whelan of Goodwood Saints won the A2 medal, and Paul Juzulenas of Burnside Kensington was the A3 medallist.

Other medal winners were:

  • Shaun Smith (Tea Tree Gully – A4)
  • Paris Fowden (Unley – A5)
  • Daryl Lowry (S.T.A. – A6, his third medal)
  • Dean Salmon (Alberton United – A7)
  • Gerard Rosenberg (S.H.O.C. – A8)
  • Owen Griffin (Port District – A9)
  • Alan Sim (Walkerville – A10)
  • Lou Boffo (Ethelton – A11, his second medal)
  • Stephen Harvey (Norwood Union – A12)
  • Richard Porter (Adelaide Uni – A1 Res tie)
  • Greg Young (Riverside – A1 Res tie)
  • Vince Hill (Goodwood – A2 Res)
  • Tony Overall (Kenilworth – A3 Res)
  • Rob Pfitzner (Adelaide Uni – A4 Res)
  • Brenton Hurst (Ingle Farm – A5 Res)
  • Joe Rossi (Norwood Dist – A6 Res)
  • Mike Dekretser (Greenacres – A7 Res)
  • John Jonas (R.O.C. – A8 Res)
  • Matthew Rice (Port District – Under 17)

The leading goalkicker in A1 was Kilburn coach and former Sturt star Ian Willmott who kicked 53 goals, and Stuart Wells of Goodwood, who kicked 108 goals in A2, won the A2 trophy. The Norwich Life Trophy was won by Walkerville who was making a return to the Amateur League after a 10-year absence. All of its three teams won premierships. Interstate 1990.

The interstate season began with a match against Victoria at Adelaide Oval, then W.A. was played at Football Park as a curtain-raiser to the state League teams. Allen Robertson was one of the central umpires for both amateur matches. The squad was as follows:

  • Bode, Olaf Greek Camden
  • Bowler, Steve Broadview
  • Bradtberg, Paul Riverside
  • Canino, Phil Broadview
  • Crosby, Gavin St.Peters O.C.
  • Cross, Neil Scotch O.C.
  • Dittmar, Michael Riverside
  • Economou, John v.capt v WA Greek Camden
  • Hank, Tom Greek Camden
  • Kyriacou, Harry Greek Camden
  • Lauder, Gavin Kilburn
  • Llewellyn, Jim Scotch O.C.
  • Lyall, Willie Kilburn
  • Mathews, Rob Riverside
  • McClure, Trevor Kilburn
  • Miles, Grant Adel. University
  • Morgan, Michael capt v Vic Greek Camden
  • Morrell, Rob Greek Camden
  • Muir, Andrew Adel. University
  • Pedersen, Chris v.capt v Vic Riverside
  • Proud, Tony Scotch O.C.
  • Ridgway, Peter Riverside
  • Roocke, Michael Kilburn
  • Russell, Mark Adel. University
  • Sapranidis, Simon Greek Camden
  • Sherry, Tony Broadview
  • Simons, Greg Riverside
  • Stewart, Duane Kilburn
  • Vincent, Andrew St.Peters O.C.
  • Warner, Peter Greenacres
  • White, Ian St.Peters O.C.
  • Wilkins, Michael capt v WA Broadview

Sunday June 10th 1990

S.A.Team v Victoria

Adelaide Oval

S.A. began well by kicking the first 3 goals of the match, and trailed by only 4 points at quarter time. After that, the defence was put under extreme pressure as the Victorian team-work took control of the game. Rover Gavin Lauder was outstanding for S.A.

1Q 2Q 3Q Final Victoria 3.6 8.9 13.12 18.15 (123) S.A. 3.2 5.4 8.6 11.11 (77)

Goalkickers: Vincent 3, Russell 3, Hank, Lauder, Muir, Ridgway, Stewart

Best Players: Lauder, McClure, Wilkins, Muir, Economou, Stewart

Sunday July 8th 1990

In the game against W.A., S.A. began well kicking into the wind, and Michael Dittmar starred at full forward kicking 4 goals in the first quarter. Duane Stewart was winning the ball out of the centre, and S.A. had a lead of 39 points at half time. W.A. played much better in the second half but was contained by a strong defence led by Michael Wilkins. S.A.Team v W.A.

Football Park

1Q 2Q 3Q Final S.A. 5.4 10.5 12.6 15.8 (98) W.A. 2.1 4.2 7.8 8.14 (62)

Goalkickers: Dittmar 8, Vincent 3, Canino, Lauder, Morrell, White

Best Players: Wilkins, Dittmar, Stewart, Miles, McClure, Sherry The A3-A6 Rep. team played the Victorians as a curtain-raiser to the seniors. Former Adelaide Uni and Scotch coach Michael Weatherald was coach. Lionel Robey was one of the central umpires.

  • Black, Geoff interchange Pembroke O.S.
  • Bugg, Darren rover Tea Tree Gully
  • Cock, Ian interchange Campbelltown Magill
  • Farrell, Simon chf Norwood Districts
  • Fiore, Tony chb Kenilworth Col. Light
  • Gordon, Andy ruck Tea Tree Gully
  • Hammond, Tim hb Mitcham
  • Jamieson, Ken interchange West Lakes
  • Lane, Tony capt centre Glenunga
  • Lewis, Terry bp Fitzroy
  • McInerney, Graham fb St.Michaels O.S. & H.
  • Matz, Clive rover Seaton Ramblers
  • Mitchell, Ashley wing Modbury
  • Patton, Damian hf St.Michaels O.S. & H.
  • Rugari, Tony fp Seaton Ramblers
  • Salisbury, Justin ff Glenunga
  • Simpson, Andrew follower Fitzroy
  • Smith, Shaun follower Tea Tree Gully
  • Tonkin, Bruce hb Modbury
  • Window, Peter wing Walkerville
  • Window, Stephen bp Walkerville

The signs were ominous as the Vics kicked away to a 26-point lead at quarter time, but S.A. came back to lead by 3 points at three-quarter time. Victoria hit the front early in the last quarter and S.A. supporters held their breath, expecting the Victorians to maintain their unbeaten record in representative football. But then the incredible happened. S.A. exploded into action and kicked 12 straight goals. The rucks and rovers and half backs set up the avalanche which blitzed the Vic defence, and despite allowing 2 late goals, S.A. scored a magnificent 9-goal victory.

1Q 2Q 3Q Final S.A. 2.1 8.3 12.5 24.11 (155) Victoria 6.3 6.5 11.7 15.11 (101)

Goalkickers: Bugg 4, Farrell 4, Salisbury 4, Matz 2, Patton 2, Rugari 2, Simpson 2, P.Window 2, Cock, Lane.

BestPlayers: Bugg, Fiore, Hammond, Gordon, Patton, Simpson

An Under-17 team defeated Port Pirie at Blair Athol Reserve on Sunday June 10th, 14.9 to 11.14.

”We have seen a lot of photography and this develops one’s interests and it influences your taste. Besides representing the more traditional photography we are always looking for that one artist that surpasses the boundaries of the traditional”.

The Ravestijn Gallery Interview with Jaspar Bode @ Unseen by Brad Feuerhelm

The Ravestijn Gallery was founded in Amsterdam in 2012 by Jasper Bode and Narda Van ‘t Veer with a focus on inquisitive and provocative approaches to contemporary photography. Bode and Van‘t Veer respectively bring together several decades of experience curating photography exhibitions and representing a diverse group of photographic talents in the Netherlands and abroad. The gallery showcases several exhibitions a year aimed at exploring new perspectives for photography in all its forms and showing ambitious international works.In addition to its exhibition program and participation in international photography fairs, the gallery holds an expansive collection of photography on site and gathers pictures from the twentieth century and other contemporary photographs.

BF: Your gallery exhibits some fantastic young names in photography, some who push far past the traditional applications of the medium. I am thinking of my personal favorites Nico Krijno, Ruth van Beek, Darren Harvery-Regan, and Eva Stenram. The work is fresh and quite complex conceptually. What draws you to such young and complex works?

JB: It’s exciting work made by equally exciting artists. You sense that in the work, you see their personalities. My associate Narda Van ‘t Veer, and I have been working in the field of photography for over 25 years on two continents. We have seen a lot of photography and this develops one’s interests and it influences your taste. Besides representing the more traditional photography we are always looking for that one artist that surpasses the boundaries of the traditional. Whether this is in the image itself or in a three dimensional world, different layers within one work we find attractive. Especially the younger generation is looking at and using the medium in a fresh and open way and are willing to take risks.

Eva Stenram, Part 3, 2014 courtesy of The Ravestijn Gallery

Jean-Francois Lepage, Recycle 15, 2014 courtesy of The Ravestijn Gallery)

Mona Kuhn, Mirage, 2012 courtesy of The Ravestijn Gallery)

” With the emergence of online auctions and specific websites, buying and collecting art has become easier for everyone. The digital revolution created a brand new clientele in the art world and made the artworks more attainable and visible worldwide”.

BF: Darren Harvey-Regan, Nico Krijno, and Ruth Van Beek focus heavily of sculptural tactics. Ruth’s sculptural form is that of collage, very physical. It is nice to see galleries taking chances on images that cross mediums. Within the state of contemporary practice, we see artists using photography less and less as a representational tool. Why do you suppose we have the shift occurring today? Is it boredom? Evolution?

JB: I would definitely say evolution. You are almost answering your own question: collage and photomontage, for example, are not new in the history of photography. Now photographers can use their hands as well as computers in many different ways. The tools evolve but not the practice. You can now play with the medium and that’s what I look for in contemporary photography. You no longer take a picture, print it, hang it on a wall and wait for the next exhibition. This shift didn’t occur today, though. It was a global and continuing progress in techniques and modes of production. I like the fact that photographers keep the same mentality with different ways to express it to achieve the final result.

BF: Amsterdam represents a rich culture of photography with institutions, galleries, and recently Unseen. I seem to be asking everybody but…. What is it about Amsterdam that allows the city to be so open toward photography?

JB: The Netherlands, and specifically Amsterdam, produced a vast group of amazing image-makers, such as Inez & Vinoodh, Viviane Sassen, Erwin Olaf, Rineke Djikstra and many, many more. They are unique artists with their personal aesthetics and distinctive language doing a great job on the international market. Some of these opened the initial fundamental discussion whether photography is art. I guess it is this history that paved the way for all these galleries and institutions in Amsterdam.

BF: As a collector and dealer of private historic photographs, I have always been quite young in age compared to that of my clients…do you see a younger clientele appearing? If so, why is it that photography resonates with the young collector over that of …say… historic painting, etc.?

JB: With the emergence of online auctions and specific websites, buying and collecting art has become easier for everyone. The digital revolution created a brand new clientele in the art world and made the artworks more attainable and visible worldwide. Photography has also the possibility to be cheaper than paintings or sculptures. Most of the photographs come in multiple editions, which decrease the price, ideal for young collectors.

BF: Unseen has many supplementary events and the city seems filled with museum exhibitions etc… Is there one particular event that you are looking forward to?

JB: Yes, absolutely. Looking forward to seeing a project by Selene Kolman, Stef Kolman and Martine Stig called ListedBlue.com. Their presentation will be at the new exhibition space in the Beurs van Berlage, opening with Jeroen Boomgaard on Sunday, September 20th through to the finissage with Sasha Stone on Friday, September 25th.



(All rights reserved. Text @ Brad Feuerhelm and ASX.  Images @ the artists and courtesy of The Ravestijn Gallery.)

Brad FeuerhelmDarren Harvery-ReganEva StenramJaspar BodeMona KuhnNarda Van ‘t VeerNico KrijnoRuth Van BeekThe Ravestijn GalleryUnseenASX

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