Henk Thijs , lives and works in the south of the Netherlands near the
german and belgian border.
Many years of making portraits of artists, resulted in an exhibition in
the Photography museum "Den Tempel" in Sittard.
Apart from this Henk Thijs also has had different assignments for
theatre and ballet companies to make journalistic photography. Among
others he worked for the Ballet van Vlaanderen, the ‘Nationale Toneel‘
in The Hague and the Stadttheater Aachen resulting in publications in
newspapers and weekly magazines like the Volkskrant, NRC-Handelsblad,
Vrij Nederland, the Gazet van Antwerpen, der Spiegel, Süddeutsche
Zeitung and more.
After this period his preference moved to candid photography: trying to
catch the beauty of the ordinary and coincidental contrasts, instead of
creating a surrounding. Give meaning to the daily life of people by
eliminating them of their environment. The great variety of subjects
were a challenge to look for alternative print techniques. To come
closer to the impression given by the image Henk Thijs chooses nearly
forgotten techniques like (brom)oil, gum and cyanotypes. The
possibility of using colour, in a very restricted way, enables him to
achieve the impression he wants .
Due to the increasing
role of automation , using digital techniques was unavoidable. First to
create the necessary large negatives for the oil- and gumprinting, and
after that the switch to so-called giclee prints: inkjet prints made by
permanent pigment inks on 300 grs self-coated aquarel paper, an
interesting extension to the 'alt-processes'. Exhibitions in
Sittard(Nl), Luik(B), Lille(F), Beek(Nl), Apeldoorn(Nl), Heerlen (Nl),
Herzogenrath (D) , Vaals(Nl) and october 2009 Durango (USA)