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Frieke Janssens was born in Bruges, Belgium, in 1980. After starting with evening classes in photography at an age of 15, she skipped the pilot or police on a horse option. Photography was her future.
While studying photography at Sint-Lukas Brussels she was mainly interested in lifestyle, sociology and stereotypes, because she felt like she was living in two worlds.
After graduating in 2002, Frieke immediately started with commissioned work, where she tries to tell a story thatʼs fascinating and mostly avoids the clichés, or use them very consciously. She's inspired by different things from paintings, comics or even a real estate website, and works with an eye for detail, humor and surrealism. Her pictures are how she imagines subjects in her head.
Frieke Janssens fell in love with photography at an early age, and nurtured an interest in lifestyles, sociology and stereotypes while studying photography at sint-lukas brussels, because she felt as she was living in two worlds. As a working photographer, Frieke’s work is painterly and arresting. With an eye for detail, humor, and surrealism, she uses narrative to depict fascinating stories that either avoid clichés or use them quite consciously. Her images are multilayered, encouraging the viewer to spend more than an instant engaging with them. one might pass an image on the street, and stop to consider it for a long while. This kind of engagement and detail makes Frieke’s work very attractive to clients from a wide range of disciplines - corporations to cultural clients and everything in-between. In addition to commercial work, Frieke produces a prolific amount of personal work. Her personal images reflect on social phenomena, such as her famous series, “Smoking Kids”. She is based in Brussels, Belgium