Taco Hidde Bakker

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Photo: Ringel Goslinga, 2013Taco Hidde Bakker works as writer and is based in Amsterdam (NL). He writes and publishes internationally about a variety of topics, mostly mediated through the prisms of photography, (documentary) film and the visual arts. Additionally he works as translator (English<->Dutch<-German), text editor, (image) researcher, (editorial) advisor for artists and curators, guest lecturer, and portfolio reviewer.

Contact by e-mail

C.V. (basically a listing of most publications and public performances since 2005)

Fall 2017 thru spring 2018, Bakker works on a volume of essays (a collection of revised and annotated writings published between 2006 and 2017) to be published late spring 2018 with Fw:Books. The work on the compilation, translations and revisions is generously supported by Mondriaan Fund.





In addition to the sample texts to be found on this website, a small selection of other previously published texts can be read and downloaded from Academia.

Since 2006, Taco Hidde Bakker has published essays, interviews, as well as book and exhibition reviews with various magazines, websites, publishers, art institutions and artists, in The Netherlands and abroad. Publications with, among others: Camera Austria International (AT), Fw:Books (NL), EXTRA (B), Foam Magazine (NL), Art Paper Editions (B), Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (NL), Aperture (USA), Skinnerboox (IT), British Journal of Photography (UK), Künstlerhaus Bethanien (GER), Dutch Doc (NL), PhotoQ (NL), Fotografisch geheugen (NL), Mister Motley (NL), Rheum (B), Extrapool (NL), and Unseen Magazine (NL).

Translations for, among others: Sandberg Instituut (Amsterdam), KABK: Royal Academy of Art (The Hague), Minerva Art Academy (Groningen), Johan Deumens Gallery, Kehrer Verlag, FotoMuseum Antwerpen, Rein Jelle Terpstra, Anouk Kruithof, Frank van der Stok, Hanne Hagenaars, Mariken Wessels, Extrapool, and Alumniportal Deutschland.

For Paradox, producers of large-scale multi-platform photo projects, Bakker worked as researcher, writer and editor on the extensive documentary project The Last Days of Shishmaref (2007-2010), involving a photobook, a web documentary, and a traveling exhibition.

Between 2009 and 2011, under the alias of Perec, he engaged in an online photo-conversation with his friend and colleague Creep. What resulted was a photo-dialogue showing the eclectic ephemeral on two sides of the Atlantic (USA vs. Europe & Africa), moving from digital to analogue and vice versa…

Short educational biography

During the second half of the 1990s, Bakker studied painting, printing and drawing at the art academies in the Dutch towns of Kampen and Maastricht. In 2007 he obtained his Master’s degree in Photographic Studies at Leiden University. His 2007 thesis (written in Dutch and supervised by Helen Westgeest) is called: Ancestors return in silver grains: photo theory and visual repatriation.

Inspiration for the subject of his thesis followed from an internship in 2006 with arctic anthropologist Cunera Buijs, at the photo collections of the Dutch National Museum of Ethnology, where he learned about the importance of photographs in ethnographic archives for so-called “source communities” (descendants of indigenous peoples once subject(ed) to scientific and photographic surveys by explorers and scientists who ventured from the powerful urban centers of the West). Photographs of their ancestors have been taken back to them by anthropologists and museum curators & started performing new and often pivotal roles within their lives and works. In return, by this practice museums are enabled to gain specific knowledge and insights from sharing and opening up their audio-visual (and other) archives.