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Catalogue No.MKEC001
LocationAmsterdam, The Nertherlands
Date
Print QualityFine Art Digital Print

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Elvis Costello
by Menno Kok
Elvis Costello, Amsterdam. The Netherlands Edition of 10
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Elvis Costello (born Declan Patrick MacManus, 25 August 1954) is an English singer-songwriter. He came to prominence as an early participant in London's pub rock scene in the mid-1970s and later became associated with the punk/New Wave genre.Steeped in word play, the vocabulary of Costello's lyrics is broader than that of most popular songs. His music has drawn on many diverse genres; one critic described him as a "pop encyclopaedia", able to "reinvent the past in his own image". Costello has won multiple awards in his career, including a Grammy Award, and has twice been nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Male In 2003, Elvis Costello & the Attractions were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked Costello number 80 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
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Portrait photographer Menno Kok earned his educational stripes at the Pratt Intitute in New York (1996) and at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam (1997). Since then he has influenced the editorial front line of Amsterdam and made his mark in New York, Tokyo, Berlin, London and Copenhagen.
Menno’s devotion knows no limits, be it as an art lover, teacher, curator, father, husband or photographer. The latter manifests itself in a behavior that is reminiscent of a mad collector. In a self-therapeutic attempt to conquer his cynicism towards his surroundings, Menno tenderly collects tokens of nostalgia. By exhibiting this evidence that “we were here” he contextualize the popular culture that we have taken for granted and opens our eyes to the mechanics behind it. Be it the wallpaper in an en-route hotel room, abandoned vehicles, or an endless collection of discarded matrasses that catches his eye. By drawing attention to the arbitrary he opens our eyes to the divine. In effect, Menno reveals to us who we are, without necessarily portraying us physically in the image. When portraying people, Menno strives to make an image as opposed to take an image. Paradoxically though, those who have stood before his lens have never before seemed so anonymous, yet omnipresent. So fragile, yet empowered. Then again, as Menno would put it; the camera always, never lies.
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