Rens Horn shows with his photographs intriguing, poetic and intimate images. He collects the images during his many travels abroad and road trips with his motorcycle. Some prints are frayed; sometimes parts of the image are not developed. Those qualities draw attention to the process of making them.

Rens Horn stands out with the imaginative language that he develops with his work. He prefers to work in the darkroom in his studio with analogue techniques. To him the analogue technique is magical. By manipulating the negatives and chemical processes, he experiments with the limits of the analogue technology. He works with various kinds of photographic paper, very rare paper sometimes, and edits the photos in the darkroom to achieve remarkable results. Every photo is a work on its own. This making process also shows in the frames that he often makes with found wood. After developing the photograph, he adds texts, newspaper clippings or stamps. These texts are by well-known writers and scholars and emphasize the poetry of the image; they create  a space to think and add a variety of meanings to the image. But, he emphasizes, in the end “looking yourself is the most important thing”.

Rens is represented by Albada Jelgersma Gallery, Amsterdam.


“The process of photographing is a pleasure: eyes open, receptive, sensing, and at some point, connecting. It’s thrilling to be outside your mind, your eyes are far ahead of your thoughts.”

(Henry Wessel)

“I have a burning desire to see what things look like photographed by me.”

(Garry Winogrand)

A selection of work. All prints are gelatine silver prints on different kinds of fiber-based paper, unless stated otherwise.
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“What we see is not made up of what we are seeing but rather of what we are.”

(Fernando Pessoa, Book of Disquiet)

“A portrait should not only be an image but an oracle one questions.”

(André Breton, 1948)

A selection of portraits. All prints are gelatine silver prints on fiber-based paper unless stated otherwise.

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I Travel

“Travelling outgrows its motives. It soon proves sufficient in itself. You think you are making a trip, but soon it is making you – or unmaking you.”

(Nicolas Bouvier, The way of the world.)

“You guys are going somewhere, or just going?”

(Jack Kerouac, On the road.)

Series of pictures made on travels around the world on foot, by car, bus, boat, airplane, on motorcycles and with imagination.

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