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Gerard Fieret

Gerard Fieret, self portrait

self portrait from Le monde entier (1979)
photo©Gerard Fieret

Gerard (Gerrit Petrus) Fieret werd was born on January19,1924 in Den Haag and died January 22, 2009 in Den Haag.

In the seventies I was a member of the CABK (commonly refered to as the BKR (beeldende kunstenaarsregeling - visual artists scheme), the advisory committee for the employment of visual artists in the city of Dordrecht, The Netherlands. We needed an advisor for photography, which - as a technique - is also used by artists. Toon winkel, who at that time taught painting at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, proposed Gerard Fieret, who was a typical artist/photographer. At that time there was a lot of discussion whether photography was art or not - and, more important - whether a photographer was an artist, or a photographer. That subject has never been a problem for me, but then it was important to know for some people - as if everyone with a camera had to choose between the two.

Because the first artist with photography as his technique applied for the BKR, we asked Gerard to join the committee, which he did. His membership changed the meetings greatly - in a positive sense. I was always looking forward to his company, as he usually came with a small suitcase with photographs, poetry which he had written (sometimes in the train on his way to the meeting). In those days it was not possible to show what you just photographed; we had to wait until the next meeting (if he brought the recent ones that is). Also in the suitcase were African ethnographic objects, which he had purchased from guys from West Africa who were in that business, and cold chicken.

Gerard Fieret - portrait of Lucien den Arend.

this portrait of me was taken by Gerard during one of the BKR committee meetings
photo©Gerard Fieret

On December 9, 2009 Dutch television, NPS broadcasted a documentary on Gerard Fieret.

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