Gérard Petrus Fieret


Like a statement of love.

Dutch artist, poet and photographer Gerard P. Fieret (1924-2009), was self-taught. Between 1965, the year he acquired his first camera (a Praktiflex) and the end of the 1970s, he was an obsessional and insatiable photographer, taking pictures of anything and everything: women, legs, children, shop windows, street scenes, himself, more women – models, students, young mothers, dancers, strangers, as well as breasts, buttocks, legs, necks and other body parts.

"Often things depend on chance. I am very grateful for that because it keeps me from coming to one single, even standard, which at some point would lead to a dead end. I direct it; I know damned well what I am doing from experience."
In describing his intentions, he explained:
"What I aim at with my photography is anarchy: in the context of a conservative society, my photographs are aggressive. Intense life, passion -- a healthy passion for life -- that is what they are about."

All images © Gerard P. Fieret, c.1965-1975. Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Courtesy Estate of Gerard Petrus Fieret

Gerard (Gerrit Peter) Fieret (The Hague, 1924 - The Hague, 2009) was a Dutch photographer, artist and poet.
Fieret trained as a visual artist at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and was self-taught in photography.

Learn more about Gerard P. Fieret on The Telegraph, and watch the mesmerising documentary that takes its title from one of Fieret’s rubber stamps, Photo & Copyright G.P. Fieret, Frank van den Engel portrays the artist in his very last days [...] is a visual collection of Art stories: 
Photo, Cinema, Art.s, Short, Dance

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