Esther Kroon – Esther Kroon

In 1992, at the age of 25, Esther Kroon was shot and killed whilst on a field trip to Guatemala. Before she died, her short life as a photographer saw her specialise in black and white children’s portraits. Using fill-flash in daylight for her pictures (as in the work of Martin Parr and Rineke Dijkstra, who tutored Kroon for some time), and photographing everyone from a low viewpoint, her subjects became monumental – illuminated from their surroundings, the world behind them dropping away and becoming like a stage or a backdrop. It is said that Kroon never searched out the most attractive children, but rather those in the back streets of cities such as Barcelona, Amsterdam and New York. She was drawn in by the ones with real character – those alive and open and emanating the sort of brash and easy confidence that only a child can really possess.  At the end of the book, there are 7 colour photographs of portraits of Kroon and a friend – the last photographs she would ever take.

Esther Kroon
Esther Kroon
Van Zoetendaal
£37 / 112pp / Sep 2012
ISBN: 9789072532183

Reviewed by Joanna Cresswell
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