bio

Ernst graduated from the Photo Academy Amsterdam after a career in product design, and has been working as a photographer since. In addition to his commissioned projects, he works on personal projects and concepts. With his photographic series, he conveys stories he feels need to be told. He is fascinated by people, the lives they live and the choices they make. Coppejans’s concepts emerge from his own experiences and curiosity about the lives of seemingly ordinary and extraordinary people. The strength of the underdog is a central theme in his work. His work has been showcased at Unseen and in the Tropenmuseum (Amsterdam), Museum de Fundatie (Zwolle), art fairs in Basel, Miami and San Francisco and at photo festivalCortona On The Move, Italy (solo 2018). Coppejans has won several awards for his portraits, including a Silver Camera Award, twice.


clients

Volkskrant – Volkskrant Magazine – Vrij Nederland - Het Parool – LINDA. Magazine – L’HOMO Magazine – Google – Marie-Stella-Maris – FNV – Right To Play – Centraal Beheer Achmea – Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam – CZAR – Rabobank – NSGK – Vice NL

awards & exhibitions


awards


LensCulture Portrait Awards 2020    

1st prize for SOLD   (more info here)    


SO Award 2020.    

Nomination for Ian's world. Winner will be announced September 2020


ZILVEREN CAMERA AWARDS 2018.

2nd prize Zilveren Camera documentary series for Sold


PAUL PETERS FOTO PRIJS 

1st prize for “Sold”. Thé award for socially committed photography.


SO Award 2015


Nomination for a selection of 10 images from my personal work shot in Bangladesh.


INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2015
Honorable mention for the a selection of childrens portraits from the ‘Madarbunia-Bangladesh’ series in the category People/Portrait/Children


ZILVEREN CAMERA AWARDS 2014
Winner in category Portrait Series for “dans le milieu” .


SO Award 2014
Gold winner for a selection of personal work shot in West Africa.


INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2013
Honorable mention for the ‘Botoxed’ series in the category Fine Art/Portrait and People/Portrait
Honorable mention for the ‘Natural is beautiful’ series in the category Fine Art/Portrait ánd People/Portrait
Honorable mention for the portrait of ex coma patient Lotte, shot for LINDA Magazine, in the category People/Portrait


INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2011
Honorable mention for the ‘Ballet Boys’ series in the category Fine Art/Portrait
Honorable mention for the ‘Ballet Boys’ series in the category People/Portrait


20th PANL AWARDS 2011
nomination for the Ballet Boys series


DE FOTOPRIJS 2011
Winner for the ‘ Mr. Loverlover – the gay escorts ‘ series


PHOTO ACADEMY AWARDS 2010
Winner for the ‘ Mr. Loverlover – the gay escorts ‘


PHOTO ACADEMY AWARDS 2009
Nomination by Melkweg Gallery for the ‘pretty masculine’ series
Nomination by Volkskrant Magazine for the ‘pretty masculine’ series
Winner of Photoacademy Award in the category Volkskrant Magazine


exhibitions

Museum Hilversum

februari 2 - march 22 2020 | Ian's world


Haute Photographie

februari 6 - 9 2020 | Madarbunia Bangladesh in collaboration with Marie-Stella-Maris and Kahmann Gallery


Museum Jan Cunen 

december 2019 | sold


Naarden Fotofestival 2019 – Grote Kerk

solo exhibition | sold


Cortona On The Move / New Visions, Cortona Italy

solo exhibition | sold
july 12 – september 30 2018


PHOTOFAIRS SAN FRANCISCO
february 23 – february 25 2018


SCOPE MIAMI
december 5 – december 10 2017


SCOPE BASEL
june 13 – june 18 2017


MUSEUM DE FUNDATIE
DUTCH IDENTITY (Dutch Portrait Photography Now)
january 16 – may 17 2016


UNSEEN Amsterdam 2015


Fotofestival Naarden 2015

Madarbunia Bangladesh | may 14 – june 21 2015 | solo exhibition in collaboration with Marie-Stella-Maris and GUP Magazine


The Ravestijn Gallery

Madarbunia Bangladesh | April 17 – May 23 2015 | solo exhibition in collaboration with Marie-Stella-Maris and GUP Magazine


Melkweg Galerie

Dans Le Milieu | July 25 – August 17 2014 | solo exhibition

New Dawn | August 21 – September 7 2014 | group exhibition


Tropen Museum

Exhibition Black&White | Natural is Beautiful Series | November 1st 2013 – July 25th 2014

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