9 September 2020 – 25 October 2020 |

During 9th BredaPhoto there will be work shown from national and international photographers, together with new and upcoming talents. BredaPhoto is a large photo exhibition in the Benelux and is held every two years in Breda. BredaPhoto exhibits the state of the art of contemporary photography, based on an internationally relevant social theme: current, stimulating and presented in an original way. In the selection of the work and in its presentation, BredaPhoto strives towards the highest achievable level of quality. 

This year’s theme is The Best of Times, The Worst of Times. The theme of this year is inspired by the opening paragraph of the book “A tale of two cities” by Charles Dickens, first published in 1859.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,
it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness,
it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity,
it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness,
it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.

BredaPhoto takes place in Breda’s historic city center. There are several exhibitions, one of them is in the Stedelijk Museum Breda and titled Power to the Models. The Dutch photographer/writer and guest curator Jan Hoek created the exhibition ‘Power to the Models’. With the theme of BredaPhoto ‘the best of times, the worst of times’ in the back of his mind, he realized that if you really want to change something then you have to approach it in a radically different way.
We consider it normal that a photographer, with his or her background and norms and values, determines how a model is photographed. The power in the relationship is clear: the photographer is leading, the model conforms. There is a real danger that the photo is stigmatizing or re-affirms a stereotype. But what if you turn the tables around? What if you give the power in the relationship to the role the model? Jan Hoek looked for eleven models that are often photographed in a one-sided way. He offered them the opportunity to create an image of themselves in their own way. They make the plan, manage the budget, determine the location and who the photographer is.

Other exhibitions are:

  • The best of times, the worst of times (Former KPN Building)
  • China Imagined (Grote Kerk Breda)
  • Solo27-Marjolijn Dijkman (Club Solo)
  • Numerous exhibitions (Chassé Park & XXL Promenade)
  • Destroy My Face (Pier15 Skatepark & Resort)

Jyoti Westrate

Jyoti was adopted from India and found out a few years ago that very strange things happened around her adoption procedure and that her story isn’t alone. Through a spectacular search she came across a very dubious father who has contacts with Hollywood as well as in India and who played a major role in her adoption. With her story she wants to raise abuses in the adoption world. She will be photographed by Dagmar van Weeghel and by the young, also adopted, photographer Jonnah Bron.

Photographer Dagmar van Weeghel

Dagmar van Weeghel is a Dutch filmmaker and photographer, a graduate of the Amsterdam Film Academy. She tells stories using images.

For more than ten years she lives in a number of African countries working on photographic and film projects as part of nature conservation and working together with local communities. This experience also brings her into contact with the issues particularly affecting African women and also with their resilience. How are they viewed from outside, who are they, and who are they allowed to be? Conceptualization versus reality.

Her photographs are more than portraits; they are quiet, emotionally charged stories.