Cuny Janssen completed her studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Utrecht followed by an internship with Thomas Struth in Düsseldorf. Since 2000 Janssen has travelled around the world to make portraits of children within their everyday environments, combining these with photographs of the landscape they are surrounded by.
Janssen captures impulsive moments with an technical camera, which seems like a contradiction. Her photos create a profoundly expressive work about a city, a region and their people.
Resulting in series as India (2002), Macedonia (2004), Amami (2009), My Grandma was a Turtle (2010), Yoshino (2013) and BLU, Naples (2012 and 2013).
For her new series Amsterdam it’s the first time that Janssen worked in and around her own city, Amsterdam. We see portraits of children out of their daily situation, having new experiences while playing. Janssen is interested in these children’s experiences and specifically by what she calls its imprints that have a “Proustian” impact on their lives forever. The poetry of these moments are reflected in her photographs. Each child looks at us with an impressive and a specific gaze and we would almost forget that they are children.
She has had solo exhibitions at the Photographers’ Gallery in London (2005), Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam (2010), Museum De Pont in Tilburg (2010), SK Stiftung in Cologne (2011) and the Kunstverein Heilbronn (2012). She published several books among which Portrait/Landscape, Macedonia (2004) and My Grandma Was A Turtle (2010)
BLU is the title of a series of photographs that Cuny Janssen made during four visits to Naples in 2012 and 2013. The portraits and landscapes reflect the elusive city of Naples, full of contradictions. In the accompanying book half of the portraits are of Roma children. The text is written by Gabriele Conrath-Scholl (SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne).
She is now working on a new book that will document the series Amsterdam.