Exactitudes 20th Anniversary Edition, Ari Versluis, Ellie Uyttenbroek
Rotterdam-based photographer Ari Versluis and profiler Ellie Uyttenbroek have systematically documented the dress codes of various social groups since 1994. This twenty-year jubilee hardback edition has been expanded with 18 new series of 'Exactitudes’: a contraction of ‘exact’ and ‘attitude’.
By registering their subjects in an identical framework, with similar poses and a strictly observed dress code, Versluis and Uyttenbroek provide an almost scientific, anthropological record of people's attempts to distinguish themselves from others by assuming a group identity. The apparent contradiction between individuality and uniformity is, however, taken to such extremes in their arresting objective-looking photographic viewpoint and stylistic analysis that the artistic aspect clearly dominates the purely documentary element. Once they recognise an individual that fits the characteristics of a given group, they invite these people to be photographed at the studio with the only requirement of wearing the exact same clothes they were wearing at the time of their first encounter.
320 p, Illustrated colour, 24 x 32 cm, Hardback, English
Printed and bound in the Netherlands