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'Serendipity', is the name of an upcoming exhibition that reflects the latest photos of documentary photographer Annette Den Ouden. Serendipity means 'the unintended discovery of interesting or valuable things', a description that perfectly fits the photographer's first experiences of Japan.
Den Ouden is typically known for her extraordinary black and white photos showcasing troubled situations within countries like Tibet, as shown in her exhibition 'a Global Touch' in the Dutch Photo-Museum (NFI) in Rotterdam a.o., and the Middle East and beyond, as shown in the exhibition 'Tashja Rafna' in Gallery Vassie in Amsterdam.
In 'Serendipity', Den Ouden takes an unexpected turn in her career. Formerly travelling little-known terrain and battlefields, documenting devastating world events with her characteristic dark approach, the photographer now surprises us with a new series that captures Japan, back to black, just adding some subdued colour here and there, a diversion from what we would expect from her after the colourful work from Libya and Morocco.
Exploring Japanese cities such as Tokyo and Kyoto, the photographer has captured the silence of the metropolis where it's least expected, wether a birds eye view of the vastly populated city, or a glimpse of the famously crowded Shibuya crossing. The serendipity of discovering Tokyo seems fitting, given her random, offbeat approach to making the photos.