Rene de Haan is a self-taught photographer who is working freelance since 1989. Starting off in architecture-photography, he coincidently enrolled into the Dutch film industry for which he began making publicity stills.
Since late 1999 he takes glamour and nude pics for Dutch Playboy Magazine, and since then he does more and more nudes. He has published in several magazines in Holland (Playboy, Men’s Health) and abroad (Black&White, Snoecks), and contributed pictures to quite a few photo-books.
"I still shoot a lot of my pictures with my old, analog (500c/m) Hasselblad, because of the excellent quality and the square format. And the fact that it’s not a very ‚fast‘ camera, so I’m forced to work concentrated and not just ‚shoot away‘ . I prefer black & white above colour. I don’t think I’m a glamour- or fine-arts photographer in the traditional way, I often say I make nude-portraits. Because it’s very important to me that there’s something typical of the model herself in the pictures, I never work with a pre-fixed image that I only just have to fill in with whatever goodlooking female body. My pictures always are a cooperation between me and the model. I seldom book professional models for my free work, and I love a natural look, natural beauty is important, so no heavy make-up or exaggerated styling!
I prefer a location above studiowork, so the location can be a part of the whole image, and to be surprised by the possibilities of the surroundings and the available light.
There is not a special „message“ in my pictures. What I’m trying to capture is the beauty and „power“ of women...."