Jimmy Kets – EN


Jimmy Kets

Jimmy Kets (1979) studied at Sint-Lucas School, Antwerp, in 2001, in the Graphic Arts and Illustration section. Just afterwards, he began working for the Belgian daily “De Morgen” as a press photographer until he moved to “De Standaard” in 2009. Jimmy Kets followed an artistic pathway alongside his commercial work. The guiding thread that emerges from Kets’ photographic work is “the life of Western man”. To what does such a man devote his often hard-earned free time? Besides that, Kets takes photographs that transcend what is purely documentary and give a metaphorical meaning. Kets’ photography is characterised by a glimmer of surrealism and humour, a strong colourful feeling and attention to significant details. His work has been presented in solo exhibitions, amongst others, at the FoMu in Antwerp, at the Flanders Center Osaka (Japan), at the Vlaams Cultuurhuis De Brakke Grond (Amsterdam), at De Loketten (Brussels). His work was also presented at the Breda Photo festival and at the Dr. Guislain Museum in Ghent (“In De Marge” and “Niet Miss”). Kets also twice won the Nikon Promising Young Photographer Award, and was twice awarded the SABAM Prize together with the Photo Press Award as the best Belgian press photographer. In 2013, the first documentary film by Kets, “OdysSea” was premiered; the film depicts an intimate portrait of the Belgian Magnum photographer Carl De Keyzer.