The camera I love is not a camera, she’s my time machine. She and I created a long series of wanderings and adventures. She is able to stop time and allows everyone to witness a visual re-entry into a frozen moment. As I was traveling with her, suddenly, it became apparent to me that life, rather than being monotonous and boring, can be bright and astonishing. This made the start to challenge things even more, to experience new places, to visualize fairy tales. I leapt into the unknown, in search of new images: images for the love of what I see.
MAURICE DAHAN Amsterdam the Netherlands
He has worn black since he was 14 years old, assisted Guy Bourdin while living in Paris and hates flowers. Maurice Dahan sure knows how to make an impression. Having worked on branding and above-the-line campaigns for companies KLM, Vodafone and MTV, Maurice has moved from rigging lights for a world renown fashion photographer, to directing photoshoots of his own. In the eighties, life read like the pleasant chapters in a Bret Easton Ellis novel. Living in New York City, Maurice worked at advertising agency’s coming up with major campaigns from an office made out of glass, where everyone was invited to be the voyeur into the company’s creative process. After heading to Paris to explore the world of fashion Maurice traveled back into advertising landing in Indonesia where he worked as the creative consultant for a Dutch warehouse, Macy’s and Galeries Lafayette. Working on everything from product development, advertising and windows, Maurice worked with the best in the industry while living in the tropics. In 1994 Maurice arrived back to his hometown of Amsterdam where he used the connections he had made around the world and the money he had saved to spend his time as an art buyer for his own gallery. It wasn’t long before his ideas and enthusiasm were discovered by Mexx International founder Rattan Chadha. For just over a decade Maurice has worked to translate the Mexx brand philosophy into a visual language for all of Europe and America. He has worked through many eras and management changes to come out with a folio that is bursting with photographs outlining the many eras he has undergone. To say the past years hasn’t been difficult would be a lie, but through all the changes Maurice has worked towards what he knows best, being creative under pressure.