Oh. My. God. – Jan Von Hollenben

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My favorite thing about photography is that I’m always discovering new stuff and my taste is just never fully developed. I can imagine that being a photography critic is quite a drag because you’ve seen everything before and there are very few surprises for you in photography. I found Jan Von Hollenben over on Photo Rank and every time I show someone these photos I get the same reaction… Oh. My. God. Photography is just awesome like that sometimes.

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There Are 15 Comments On This Article.

  1. this is so great. I love low tech (or no tech) creative techniques.
    thanks for this one APE.

  2. I’m disappointed – I’ve been waiting for a post “Oh.My.God. – Bruce DeBoer. Hmmmm – I guess I’ll have to wait a little longer.

    Jan Von Hollenben – Well done, I like your thinking.

  3. He’s a great find. Other would be wise to take a cue from his website where photos load quickly, navigation is intuitive, and image sets have not been put into categories with titles such as:

    Portraits
    Portraits 2
    Lifestyle (ugh)
    Landscapes (duh)
    Personal Projects (sigh)
    Commercial (yuck)

    As an off-topic aside: I once helped friends Barbara and Galen Rowell with a naming/numbering hierarchy plan for organizing their analog image files at their Mountain Light studio. We laughed so hard because over the years his folders with pages of slides had been filed as:

    Yosemite
    Yosemite winter
    Yosemite summer
    Yosemite again…

  4. Oops, I meant to write “Others would be wise…” as in:

    If you miss one typo, all the others will know.

  5. I felt the same refreshing, childlike, awe while looking through his entire site. The simplicity, fun, and enjoyment shows greatly in his work. Amazing! Great find, thank you very much for posting.

  6. cool. a really good friend of mine gets featured on APE, and deservedly so.

    just to get a plug in, Jan and some of the members of Photodebut (the london based collective that jan helped form) are doing a presentation at the Photographers Gallery in London this thursday night, 7pm onwards. there’ll be drinks and stuff afterwards….

    you can also see Jan’s work at the Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green.

    nice work APE for picking out Jan.

  7. I had seen these a while ago, and my first impression was these would be so great if he just took them to the next level!
    Do this, than do that and they would be so cool. Then I looked again and saw that they are perfect for what they are……
    Great work!

  8. Glad to hear that you like Jan von Holleben’s work so much! My gallery – Peter Hay Halpert Fine Art, New York – has represented Jan for several years now and the response has been gratifying. You can check out more of the work from this series, see photographs from his most recent, Fall 2007, exhibition at our Chelsea space, and get more information on what he’s been up to by visiting our website at http://www.phhfineart.com.

    I hope you’ll find work by some of our other artists that you like, as well.