kenneth stamp

guest curator for special project Celebrate the Dutch Landscape

Kenneth Stamp (1957 Glasgow, Scotland) studied photography in London until his wanderlust sent him exploring the world. In the early 1980s he came to the Netherlands and settled on the former island of Wieringen. 

"A survivor,” he calls himself. "Put me anywhere and I'll make it work." The now 63-year-old has proven this more than once. For example, his cradle stood not in his childhood home, but at the Salvation Army in Glasgow. 

Stamp is not easy to pigeonhole. Whether he is photographing frail elderly people or landscapes, in all his images he puts a penetrating, dramatic power. He photographed members of parliament and Princess Beatrix, but also got famous punk bands of yesteryear in front of his lens: The Sex Pistols, Blondie and The Stranglers.

In 2019, Stamp was an exhibitor at FotoFestival Naarden. In 2021 he returns, this time in the role of curator for the special project 'Celebrate the Dutch Landscape'. A role that suits him well: Stamp is particularly inspired by the flat land and gripping Dutch skies over the Wadden Sea and the IJsselmeer. The beautiful reflections of the light on the water, combined with the cloudy sky, results in beautiful, dramatic images reminiscent of works by the old masters. As a nature lover, he spends many days in his boat and tent, on or along the waterfront. His other great love is portrait photography, which makes up the bulk of his assignments.


Kenneth Stamp