About

Biography

After a career in product design and styling Ernst Coppejans graduated from the Photoacademy Amsterdam and has been working as a freelance photographer ever since. In addition to commissioned, editorial and commercial projects, he is always working on his own concepts and projects. Through his work Ernst loves to tell stories, stories that he thinks need to be told. The people, the lives they live and the choices they make, fascinate him. His concepts emerge from his own experiences and curiosity about the lives of extraordinary people. Ernst Coppejans has won many photography prices, such as Zilveren Camera Award 2014 in the category portrait series and the SO2014.

PETER BAS MENSINK, CO-FOUNDER AND PUBLISHER GUP MAGAZINE:

“Ernst Coppejans is at the front of a new class Dutch photographers that seem to reach the top on their own. Over the last year Coppejans has broken through with his obstinate and pervasive portrait photography. His style characterizes itself by mostly colorful portraits with a personal look into the characters of his subjects. The extra layer that Coppejans creates is the story behind every photo, which is terminated in the image that he creates with the stories behind the portrayed persons.”

 

Clients

Vrij Nederland – Volkskrant – Volkskrant Magazine – Het Parool – LINDA. Magazine – L’HOMO Magazine – Marie-Stella-Maris – FNV – ECI – Centraal Beheer Achmea – Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam – Kanker.nl – Rabobank – Adformatie – Vice NL – Noorderlicht – etc.

 

Exhibitions

Rademakers Gallery
solo exhibition
march/april 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

 

Awards

SO2015 AWARD
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” .

SO2014 AWARD
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