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Karl Hammer

‘His years of experience as an editor and director enable him to tell a story through his photography, using symbolic and hidden messages.’

about the artist
Meet Karl Hammer

Karl Hammer

The visual media kept on drawing his attention, so he picked up a photo camera and started to learn the techniques. His years of experience as an editor and director enable him to tell a story through his photography, using symbolic and hidden messages.

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Photographer and artist Karl Hammer is one of those people who grew up in a very unfortunate environment, but eventually found a way to convert the negative into the positive. He was born in 1959 as the youngest member of a poor family, living in the Red Light District of Amsterdam. It seemed like the opportunities in life were very little for him. Hammer did indeed end up in a world full of crime, violence and abuse, but he managed to turn the tide. 

After spending his younger years on the streets and in prison, he shook off his past to make something out of his life. Hammer did not know what that 'something' was, but what he did know is that it had to do something with creativity.

Because of his interest in the world of television, he tried his best and got himself a job as a junior production assistant. After an eventful career in the television field as an editor and director, he also managed to become a radio host. After a great career at the broadcast, he felt it was time for a change. In search of new challenges, he started writing again with great success. In his first non-fiction book he writes about the most bizarre art robbery that every took place in history. This book was successfully published in several countries.

But the visual media kept on drawing his attention, so he picked up a photo camera and started to learn the techniques. His years of experience as an editor and director enable him to tell a story through his photography, using symbolic and hidden messages. 

Karl lets his colours often hover between photorealistic and surrealistic. It is noteworthy that, although Karl uses digital post-production like other professional photographers, he keeps this to a minimum. Karl wants people to look like people, not like dolls. This gives his work a documentary style although each art photograph is, in fact, staged and directed thus creating a fusion between Hyperrealism and what famous Dutch painter Carel Willink described as Imaginary Realism (from imagination conceived reality).

made by Karl Hammer