Goos van der Veen (Netherlands, 1958) has been working as a photographer since 1983. While his early work was mainly commissioned, most of his recent photographs are presented as autonomous works.
Van der Veen has worked for the magazine Vrij Nederland and many other printed media, was commissioned twice by the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts, and made several documentary series. The latest, The Skiable Landscape, has recently been exhibited at the Noorderlicht International Photofestival 2012.
His recent body of work Untitled (ink on paper) is a collection of autonomous, printed photographs. Although the images seem to depict a once existing reality, there are little or no clues why the photo was taken. The lack of context or descriptive titles challenges the viewer to intensify his view, and to dive into the little universes that the images present. His cluelessness confronts him with questions about concepts like 'truth' and 'meaning'.
His latest series Amsterdam - The City Proper is a portrait of the picturesque old city swarmed with hordes of people, a battle between the chaos of the crowds and the order of the architecture.