Viviane Sassen on View


Viviane Sassen, assignment for ZuiderzeemuseumViviane Sassen, assignment for Zuiderzeemuseum

The Dutch photographer Viviane Sassen was unknown to many Americans until the New Photography 11 show at the Museum of Modern Art, where work from her series Parasomnia was shown. Much of that work was from Kenya, where she lived for several years as a child and later revisited, and it garnered her attention and rave reviews. But Sassen has been a highly acclaimed fashion photographer for some 17 years, and a retrospective of her fashion work is on view through March 17 at the Huis Marseille in Amsterdam. Viviane Sassen: In and Out of Fashion includes images she made in for such publications as i-D, the New York Times Magazine, and Dazed & Confused, and for such fashion houses and companies as Levis, Diesel, Louis Vuitton, and Stella McCartney.

Like her fine art work, her fashion photographs are vivid, surreal, and often unexpected. And worth watching. She’s also just published the book Roxane (Oodee, 2012), photographs of a single woman, Roxane Danset. In addition, the Kunstverein Arnsberg in Germany has a show of Sassen’s work on view from January 25 until March 10. Keep her on your radar.