Taco Hidde Bakker is a teacher on and writer of photography and photography-related publications and events. Taco Hidde studied painting, printing and drawing at the fine (and remote) art academies in the Dutch cities of Kampen and Maastricht. He obtained a Master’s degree in Photographic Studies at Leiden University. During his work as a documentary and portrait photographer he noticed that reading about photography, and all the worldly and otherworldly subjects it touches upon interested him more. Written in Dutch and English his texts are often supported by contextual readings in anthropology, philosophy and history. Taco Hidde also works as a translator (English<->Dutch<-German), text editor, researcher, and artist’s assistant.
Taco Hidde Bakker
Besides stencilling, Özlem Altin mainly uses the copy machine to make her booklets, which occupy a middle ground between Zines and artist’s publications. In issues such as The Primitive Mentality and Zig Zag Lady, existing reproductions are freely reproduced – from wondrous photos and drawings out of various illustrated books on primitive art and art of the mentally ill, to illustrations from anthropological or biological treatises. These images are intuitively juxtaposed to create surprising visual contrasts. Any new meanings that emerge as a result are open to the viewer’s interpretation. The booklets that Altin produces frequently (making them is like breathing to her) appear in very small editions (approx. 80-150) and are sold for little more than the cost to make them. What is important is that they exist, not that they are lucrative.