MEET AND GREET Michel Mees
Michel Mees Photographic Works 1995 - 2012
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Michel Mees Photographic Works 1995 - 2012.
Meet and Greet.
His most recent publication Meet and Greet is an impressive hardcover retrospective covering the years 1995 to 2012. As the title suggests, the photographs offer a slice of life beyond the public persona. Among those featured you’ll find an older and pensive Debbie Harry caught at sundown; Maxi Jazz in abattoir ambiance; the menacing looks of a Massive Attack whose outright hostility is almost palpable. You’ll also find British rapper Dizzee Rascal under whose tough demeanour Mees found someone ‘quite amiable’; or a no less colourful personality: the late Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands whom Mees photographed at his residential palace. Mees gives it to you as it is. ‘At the end of the day I’m the guy with the camera. That’s it.’ Nothing less.
With Portraits of Underworld, Debbie Harry, Kraak & Smaak, Armin van Buuren, Prins Bernard, Alice Cooper, Ian Brown, Busta Rhymes, Faithless, Jeff Mills, Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson, Arab Strap, Sven Väth, Conforce, Dyzack, Bart van Rijn, Dave Clarke, Dimitri, Lil' Louis, and many many more
Michel Mees (Drunen, 1969) has been dragging his camera bags to nightclubs, hotels and palaces for more than two decades now. Palaces you said? Yep. That’s where this versatile photographer from The Hague found His Royal Highness Prince Bernhard in front of his lens. “ It’s one of the advantages of being a photographer”, Mees smiles. “You go through doors that remain closed for others”. Music being his big love it was hardly surprising Michel Mees started his career pressed against the edge of local concerthall stages, making snapshots of new bands. While still attending the Royal Academy of Art, his phone started ringing with offers of work. Magazines were keen to pick up this talented dude from The Hague. Since then Michel Mees has snapped his shutter in front of hundreds of dj’s & musicians, including Armin van Buuren, Alice Cooper and Tiësto. For a good portrait he travels as far as Uzbekistan.