Netherlands , 1961
Margaret Lansink is a fine art photographer who graduated PhotoAcademy Amsterdam in 2012. She studied in 2016 at LeMasterklass Paris and in 2020 at the Masterclass of Smedsby Atelier, also in Paris. The works of Margaret have been awarded with Hariban Award 2019 (Borders of Nothingness - On the Mend). Lansink participates in exhibitions, residencies and competitions in Holland and abroad. Her work has been shown in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Leiden, Den Helder, Antwerp, Arles, UK, New York, Vancouver, Japan, Tbilisi, Kaunas and Barcelona. In 2016 she has been rewarded with an AIR with the Kaunas Gallery in Lithuania (november 2016) and with Shiro Oni Studio in Japan (august 2017); both for her project ‘the Kindness of One’. She has published 5 books and one more book will be launched in May 2020. Margaret is member of FemmesPHOTOgraphes Paris and member/founder of iwi_collective. Additionally, she often coaches young photographers in developing their signature and portfolio.
Who we are is often determined by our social environment and (family) history. How we build our self-esteem, often determines how we look to the outside world and how we react to the other. In her work, Lansink explores these relationships, trying to bridge the personal and universal. The way she photographs is purely intuitive; her images present an open and honest reflection of her own inner emotions at a certain time, space and interaction. Shot as self-portraits in the broadest sense of the word. With this intuitive way of photography she invites the spectator to embark on a journey through his/her own intricate web of memories, emotions, expectations, fears and desires. Margaret Lansink uses various analogue camera’s to capture the different atmospheres of her inner emotions. Giving the images the freedom to act as an overflow from reality to dream and vice versa. More and more she experiments with her images, with paint, goldleaf, charcoal as well as with liquid light in the darkroom.