Country of origin: Belgium
Subtheme: Society, Demographics, Culture
Jimmy Kets (
As befits a press photographer, Kets’ photos are never staged. He looks for spontaneous reactions and always has his eye on their authenticity. His work relies on chance and luck. In his photo series working-class bars: sansevierias and men’s talk, which was commissioned by Folklore Flanders, Kets records an important aspect of Belgian cultural heritage that is in danger of being lost and needs to be preserved for future generations. He succeeds admirably in his mission, giving us an insight not only into these ‘people’s cafés’ as they are today, but also into their rich history.
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