ABOUT FILIP NAUDTS

BIOGRAPHY

Filip Naudts (1968) began his career working for the Belgian national television and press in 1992. The following year, he was employed by the Antwerp Fotomuseum, where he remained until 2002. In 1993 he founded his own photo studio Guarda La Fotografia, where he quickly developed his own poetic style, often referring to the portrait paintings of the Flemish primitives. From 2002 to 2006 he was photo editor of the Dutch professional photo magazine Foto. In 2006 he started his career as a full-time freelance photographer. A landmark moment in his photographic career was a solo exhibition of his work in the National Technical Museum in Prague (2000). His work has been published in magazines both nationally and internationally. Filip Naudts is probably one of the most compelling, thought-provoking photographing artists of his country and generation. Fascinated by portraying beauty and at the same time, by adding a small humorous often surreal element to the image, showing the relativity of beauty.

In 2014 and 2017 in the city center of Ghent, Naudts founded Studio Guarda La Fotografia and Paparazzo, two tourist guesthouses inspired by photography, and wherein some of his photographs are shown.

In 2018 on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Guarda La Fotografia, Stadsmuseum Lokeren brought a retrospective exhibition of Naudts' photographic work. Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium Alexander De Croo, among others, visited this exhibition.

Since 2019, Filip Naudts sporadically was invited for cameos, appeared by himself as a photographer in fictional TV series such as Familie (episode 6335), Undercover (episode 14 'Trojan Horse Power') and Grond (episode 7 'Diwan Awards').

BOOKS:

  • Auromatic: Emotional Portraits of Female Alter Ego's. Brugge: Foto Art, 2000. ISBN 90-76001-25-1.

  • Guarda La Fotografia. Oostkamp: Stichting Kunstboek, 2013. ISBN 978-90-5856-449-8

  • Paparazzo. Oostkamp: Stichting Kunstboek, 2015. ISBN 978-90-5856-535-8

  • The Picture of Dorya Glenn. Oostkamp: Stichting Kunstboek, 2017. With Julie O'yang. ISBN 978-9058565778. English and Dutch edition

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