Confusion, Achievement

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Male nude, profile face. Photo shoot in my studio with Dylan.

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Numbered works, limited:5 originals
Photographic TechniquesBlack and white HD printing / Bichromate gum
White border around the photography5cm
PapersPaper of engraving 340g Hahnemühle® / Baryte paper
Photographic ThemesHuman / Portrait

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Male nude, profile face. Photo shoot in my studio with Dylan.
Shedding reveals the so singular aspect of the bichromate gum process. Each shedding is different, which makes every work unique.
Lost one in the other, without any resistance, I am giving you my body as a triubte to love.

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Bert Van Pelt

In the series “Confusion”, he created a universe in which bodies of flesh and marble merge together. The meaning given by the sculptor is twisted towards beauty and desire. Confusion increases thanks to a technique of pigmentary printing. The artist is not searching for the perfect body, it is just the opposite. The wear of the stone and the imperfections of the human body unite both subjects so that they become one.

The artist is currently working on a project called “Frames”. It involves pictures with double framing. Naked bodies pose with geometric shapes which work as first frame. The second frame is the lens of his camera. The poses of the bodies are in perfect harmony with the geometry of the shapes. Sternness and strength are opposed to softness.

The gum bichromate process is an integral part of the artist’s work. He has been putting a lot into this little-known photographic printing process of the 19th century for several years. The result of this process brings materials to life and creates the illusion of a 3-D image that is so much sought-after in contemporary photography.

The photographer reinvents standard photography by expressing himself with a minimalist and aesthetic style. Robert Mapplethorpe’s work is his main inspiration.


Bert Van Pelt was born in Mol, Belgium. He is a photographer living and working in Liège. He has been working on the human naked body for several years.

Photographic career

July 2017: collective exhibition at the Arles Gallery for the Festival Voies Off in Arles, France

April 2017: 3rd price of the photography competition “Nu et Modernité” organized by the Festival Européen de la Photo de Nu and the magazine Réponses Photo

October 2016: demonstration of gum-bichromate printing for the festival Les Saisons de la Photographie in Soumagne, Belgium

May 2016: lecture about the project “Confusion” for the Journées Européennes des Ecoles de Photographie in Paris

September 2015: collective exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Photography Ken Damy in Brescia, Italy

September-October-November 2015: exhibition “Naked Box” at Philippe & Partners in Liège, Belgium

February 2015: participation in the Journées Européennes des Ecoles de Photographie in Paris

September-October 2014: collective exhibition “Errances” at the Duesberg complex in Verviers, Belgium

May-June 2014: collective exhibition “Des hommes et des terrils” at the Maison des Terrils of St Nicolas, Liège, Belgium

March-June 2014: collective exhibition “BIP OFF” at TALP in Liège, Belgium

April 2014: exhibition for the Teaching of photographic art competition in Namur, Belgium

January 2014: exhibition “Waking Up” at the multimedia library of Verviers, Belgium

October 2012: collective exhibition “Des terrils et des hommes”, opened by “Priorité à l’ouverture” at the Galerie Ouverture in Liège, Belgium

June 2012: artistic event “Troc’ Art”, MAMAC Liège, Belgium

June 2012: collective exhibition “Nuits du paradoxe”, Liège, Belgium

2012-2016: followed photography courses at the Académie des Beaux-Arts de Liège, Belgium

June 2010: photo screening for the “Ciné Quartier” event in Sclessin, Liège, Belgium

January 2010: collective exhibition “Sclessin au quotidien” organized by the cultural centre “Ourthe et Meuse” in Sclessin, Liège, Belgium

2008-2015: “Parcours d’artistes” during the Festival des Arts in Cointe, Liège, Belgium

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