Laura Hospes’ work is highly autobiographical, addressing herself, her life with mental health issues and her struggle with being alive. In monochrome, high contrast photos she shows the battle she fights against herself every day. Timeless, classical and without distraction, these images speak directly. Inspired by the magical work of Francesca Woodman, the black and white portraits of Stephan Vanfleteren and the dark lights of Dutch painter Rembrandt she has developed her own visual language and voice. Learning from the Old Masters is the greatest and most pure manner of bringing emotions to life.

Hospes studied at the Photoacademy and she started her career by winning the Emerging Talent Award from LensCulture. The media picked up her story and her photos were on the front page of The Huffington Post, The Daily Mail, Yahoo and many more. Ever since she works hard to maintain that high set standard, but in a leisurely pace trying to balance it besides her therapies and hospitalisations. In the mean time she graduated with honours from the Photoacademy and is represented by Kahmann Gallery, which shows her works on both national and international exhibitions and fairs. As a closure of a difficult period of time, she created the book UCP, named after the psychiatric ward she had to stay. The book is published by Lecturis Publishers and is for sale at the bookstores and online.

Featured Image: Laura Hospes, Braid, 2015, Archival Pigment Print, Edition of 7 + 2 AP, 60 x 40cm (23.5 x 15.7in.), courtesy Kahmann Gallery.

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