Edwin Zwakman

Treehugger, 2009

At first glance, it seems that artist and photographer Edwin Zwakman (lives and works in London and Amsterdam) works within the tradition of documentary photography: we see new housing developments, traffic junctions and arteries, Dutch vistas, all taken from a specifically photographic viewpoint. The images are recognizable but never identifiable, as further inspection leads to the discovery that these are photographs of scale models constructed in his studio. 

 

Fake but Accurate, the title of his 2007 solo show at the Marseille House Photography Museum reveals that Zwakman creates a world that may not be real, but that indeed is true-to-life. This is how he prompts his audience to contemplate the manipulability of the Dutch landscape, the environmental planning of that landscape and its influence on society.