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Guy van Grinsven: 'About Life'
Starting August 30th 2018
Guy van Grinsven: ‘About Life’
"A unique overview exhibition in Museum aan het Vrijthof"

In his more than 40-year career, Limburg's best known photographer Guy van Grinsven (Maastricht, 1949), perhaps made more than a million photographs - he lost count years ago. Initially lugging with heavy analog equipment, he reported on sporting events, events with true and would-be society figures and royal state visits. But he also traveled the four corners of the world, on his own. For Guy, the world knows no bounds. He feels as much at home anywhere as he does in Kanne, near Maastricht, where he lives.

After obtaining his diploma at the Fotovakschool (one of the oldest and most prestigious educational institutions for professional photography in Europe) and three years of employment by the Nationaal Fotopersbureau (NFP - National Photo Press Agency), Guy van Grinsven developed himself from provocative glamour-photographer to a master of portraits, situations, complete travel photo reports, TV-documentaries, as well as publisher of NIVEAU-magazine and the two successful ALL AROUND MAASTRICHT photo books. He won a prize for his work thee times in the Zilveren Camera-competition. He witnessed the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001, as the only Dutch photographer at the scene.  

During the exhibition ‘About Life’, the visitor is introduced to a number of new aspects of his versatile mastery. The selection of works was a big challenge. From early glamour and pin-up photos to moving Blootgewoon (name of a TV-show about breast cancer survivors) photographs, lovingly made reports from the Meuse-Rhine Euregio (his international backyard), eerie travel reports from - among other countries - Cuba, traveling with the royal family and a wedding report with a big ‘van Grinsven’-wink. A unique portrait gallery of Mary Servaes, a room dedicated to 9/11 and an impression of Guy’s most recent studio and location-work.

‘About Life’ will be exhibited in Museum aan het Vrijthof starting August 30th.

Photo: Guy van Grinsven
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