Meet the photographer taking his discipline back to basics. Presented in a simple zine format filled with characteristic black-and-white portraits, Marc de Groot invited fresh Dutch faces—including some who had never modeled before—to join him in the studio. Chatting to Marc himself, Glamcult had to find out how this dreamy publication was born. “When I do portraits I like to just vibe together and see where it takes us. I don’t like to force a certain idea or mood on to somebody… for me it should be more about them than me.”
When flicking through the beautiful mini-book, titled November, it’s clear to see that Marc, accompanied by stylist Jos van Heel and hair/make-up artist Irena Ruben, has truly achieved this effortless aesthetic. Using an uncomplicated layout because he liked “the simple feeling of a black and white straightforward book format” has played to the photographer’s technical strengths—and brought out the best in all these natural beauties.
With no premeditated plans, the zine almost happened in a serendipitous moment. “As the work came together I felt it would be interesting to see how they would all live together in a printed book. It was fun selecting and combining the portraits, finding visual connections between them.” Unable to choose a favourite image—and we can see why—Marc simply comments: “there’s so much beauty and such real emotions and energy. Shooting these young models is what I like to do the most.”