In her work, Cuny Janssen combines portraiture with landscape photography. This practice runs through her entire work and her travels around the world. She puts man and nature into dialogue and shows image by image in her own special way what shapes the life of her protagonists. Janssen’s photographic approach relies on living together with the people she portrays – in their home and neighbourhood. The photographer virtually becomes part of the families she encounters.
Through this proximity she gets deep insights into everyday life in various places like India, Iran, Japan or even her hometown Amsterdam. It is important to her to remind us, that despite all differences, there is more that unites people than separates them. Throughout the years, Cuny Janssen turned more and more towards children in her photographic reports. Thus there are a lot of potraits of very individual young people, which only seem to be recorded randomly at first glance. A closer look at the images reveals the artist‘s meticulous preparation and her focus on the smallest details.
When it comes to presentation, books are of huge significance for her photographic work. Janssen’s elaborately featured books are stilistically and conceptually edited in accordance with the specific project she is working on. The small print runs leave her a lot of freedom in terms of design and enable exceptional and intricate forms of realization. Thus, the exhibition not only displays a selection of Cuny Janssen’s photographies, but includes the variety of her books as well.