Robin de Puy (1986)

Born in 1986, Robin de Puy grew up in her parents’ family hotel in the small village of Oude-Tonge, South Holland. She graduated from the Fotoacademie Rotterdam in 2009, and won the Photo Academy Award the same year. In 2013, she received the Dutch Photographic Portrait Prize for a shot of fellow photographer An-Sofie Kesteleyn; in 2015 she took a 10,000km road trip across the US on a Harley Davidson, making images that she published as the book If This Is True, I’ll Never Have to Leave Home Again in 2016, and exhibited in the Fotomuseum The Hague.

Documentary
The first week of Robin de Puy’s trip was recorded by documentary filmmaker Simone de Vries (who had earlier made films about Rutger Hauer and Erik Kessels) and cameraman Maarten van Rossem. Halfway through the trip, they rejoined her for another week. The resulting documentary can be seen here. In 2017 this documentary was nominated for an International Emmy Award.

“The American road trip is a photographic trope that’s often abused by countless photographers, but Robin de Puy, through her truly personal approach, has produced an opus that sets her apart from the masses. Her American road trip spanned 8,000 miles on a motorcycle, but you’ll rarely see pictures of stunning landscapes in her work. Instead, the Dutch photographer chose to focus on the people she met – sharing personal experiences that many photographes would shun. The result is a stunning study of today’s America made all the more relevant after Donald Trump’s election.” ~ TIME MAGAZINE about her first book ‘If This Is True’.

Her new series, Randy, started on her 2015 roadtrip when she spotted the teen in Ely, Nevada. He rode past her and she asked if she could take his photograph; back home in The Netherlands, she found he stuck in her mind, and returned to see him at the end of 2016, in February 2017, and in May 2017, making “hundreds” of portraits. An exhibition of this work, which includes photographs and videos, is on show at the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht from 26 January-13 May; Hannibal also recently published the series as a photobook.

“A Joyous, Mysterious Portrait of Rural American Boyhood.” ~ The New Yorker

De Volkskrant

De Volkskrant

March 16, 2018
'Happy Randy'

The New Yorker

The New Yorker

February 9, 2018
'A joyous, mysterious portrait of rural American boyhood'

NRC Handelsblad

NRC Handelsblad

February 2, 2018
'Geen medelijden, want hij is niet zielig'

De Limburger

De Limburger

January 27, 2018
'Een jochie dat je raakt'

British Journal of Photography

British Journal of Photography

January 24, 2018
'Q&A: Robin de Puy on photographing Randy'

Vice

Vice

September 18, 2017
'Hagenezen kochten voor een prikkie een portret van Robin de Puy'

Lensculture Video

Lensculture Video

June 5, 2017
'Randy - Robin de Puy'

See All This

See All This

January 1, 2017
'De wijsheid van het lichaam'

It's Nice That

It's Nice That

August 23, 2016
'Robin de Puy’s distinctive take on the American photographic road trip'

GUP

GUP

June 21, 2016
'Letting go: an interview with Robin de Puy'

Het Parool

Het Parool

March 24, 2016
'Waar anderen aan voorbijgaan'

NRC Handelsblad

NRC Handelsblad

March 22, 2016
'Fotograaf Robin de Puy is een heldin'

Documentary Video

Documentary Video

March 20, 2016
'Ik ben het helemaal zelf'

De Morgen

De Morgen

February 20, 2016
'Ik en mijn Amerikanen'

Adformatie

Adformatie

January 18, 2016
'Zoeken naar de klik'

NRC Handelsblad

NRC Handelsblad

January 7, 2016
'De Harley was mijn enige houvast'

Robin de Puy

'Love me'

Sat 2 Feb 2019 - Sat 16 Mar 2019


Soloshow
The Ravestijn Gallery

Robin de Puy

Randy

Tue 6 Nov 2018 - Mon 10 Dec 2018


Soloshow
Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht (NL)

Haute Photographie 2018

Robin de Puy, Mona Kuhn, Vincent Fournier

Thu 8 Feb 2018 - Sun 11 Feb 2018


Art Fair
Rotterdam (NL)

Art Rotterdam 2017

Mona Kuhn, Robin de Puy

Thu 9 Feb 2017 - Sun 12 Feb 2017


Art Fair
Rotterdam (NL)

Robin de Puy

'If this is true... 8.000 Miles on a Motorcycle in the USA'

Sat 19 Mar 2016 - Sun 26 Jun 2016


Soloshow
Fotomuseum Den Haag (NL)