Anuschka Blommers and Niels Schumm

From 25 February to 5 November 2006, the Groninger Museum will present a retrospective exhibition of the work of the photographic duo Anuschka Blommers and Niels Schumm. For the past few years Blommers (Purmerend, 1969) and Schumm (Naarden, 1969) have belonged to the most requested fashion and portrait photographers of their generation.
The exhibition will be held in the Mendini 1 Pavilion.

The exhibition displays a selection of portraits, fashion photos, and a number of intriguing ‘still lifes’. The majority of the more than sixty photos on show have been printed in large format, and all the photos have been purchased by the Groninger Museum.

Blommers and Schumm graduated from the Rietveld Academie in 1996 and have worked together since then. Having managed to establish their name in the international fashion world with unconventional, alienating fashion photography, they have published in international magazines such as BLVD, Purple, Spin, I-D, Self Service, and RE. In their fashion reports, they often work with friends and acquaintances rather than with professional models.

They are also specialized in portrait art, as demonstrated by the Class of ‘98 series (1998), for which extremely young and promising models from a London agency were photographed against a blue background: professionally coiffured but often with a glint of uncertainty in their eyes. With their The Influence series, Blommers and Schumm portrayed a new generation of international fashionistas (fashion designers, stylists, fashion-mag publishers), including Hussein Chalayan and Viktor & Rolf.