Max Pinckers (b.1988, BE) is an artist based in Brussels, Belgium. His oeuvre explores visual strategies in documentary photography. Not believing in the possibility of sheer objectivity or neutrality, Pinckers advocates a manifest subjective approach, which is made visible through the explicit use of theatrical lighting, stage directions or extras. Extensive research and diligent technical preparation are combined with improvisation to obtain lively, unexpected, critical, simultaneously poetic and documentary images. His work takes shape as self-published artist books and exhibition installations such as The Fourth Wall (2012), Will They Sing Like Raindrops or Leave Me Thirsty (2014), and Margins of Excess (2018). Pinckers is currently a doctoral researcher and lecturer in the arts at the School of Arts / KASK, Ghent and has received multiple international awards, such as the Edward Steichen Award Luxembourg 2015 and the Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2018. In 2015 he founded the independent publishing house Lyre Press.

2015 - 2021 Doctoral Researcher in the Arts at School of Arts / KASK and Royal Conservatory / School of Arts of University College, Ghent, Belgium

2010 - 2012 School of Arts / KASK, MFA in Visual Arts, Ghent, Belgium
2008 - 2010 School of Arts / KASK, BA in Visual Arts, Ghent, Belgium

2018 Winner, Leica Oskar Barnack Award, Berlin, Germany
2018 Shortlisted, Photo-Text Book Award, Les Rencontres d’Arles, France
2018 Runner-up Prize, Maribor Photobook Award, Slovenia
2016 Finalist, Leica Oskar Barnack Award, Berlin, Germany
2015 Laureate, Edward Steichen Award, Luxembourg
2014 Finalist, Young Belgian Art Prize 2015, Brussels, Belgium
2014 Winner, M. Hans Vossen Prize, ArtContest, Centrale for Contemporary Art, Brussels, Belgium
2014 Winner, Photographic Museum of Humanity Grant, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2014 Honourable Mention, Aperture Portfolio Prize, New York, USA
2013 Finalist, Paris Photo / Aperture Photobook Awards - First Photobook, Paris, France
2013 Winner, City of Levallois Photography Award, France
2012 Winner, Horlait-Dapsens Prize, School of Arts, Ghent, Belgium
2010 Winner, Le Soir Prize, Musée de la Photographie, Charleroi, Belgium

2018 Red Ink, Max Pinckers, self-published, Belgium
2018 Margins of Excess, Max Pinckers, self-published, Belgium
2014 Will They Sing Like Raindrops or Leave Me Thirsty, Max Pinckers, self-published, Belgium
2012 The Fourth Wall, Max Pinckers, self-published, Belgium
2011/16 Lotus, Max Pinckers & Quinten De Bruyn, Lyre Press, Belgium

2016 Controversy, Max Pinckers & Sam Weerdmeester, Lyre Press, Brussels, Belgium
2016 Floating Worlds, Max Pinckers & Daisuke Yokota, Rorhof & Lyre Press, Bozen/Bolzano, Italy
2013 Rheum, De Bedoeling & foundfootage.be, Belgium
2012 Mamihlapinatapai, Max Pinckers & Michiel Burger, self-published, The Netherlands

2018 Founding member of The School of Speculative Documentary
2015 - 2017 Nominee at Magnum Photos
2015 Founder of the independent publishing imprint Lyre Press
2014 Founder of the Brussels based artist collective De Bedoeling vzw
2019 Solo exhibition, Margins of Excess, Belfast Exposed, Belfast, Northern Ireland
2018 Tea Ceremony and Flower Arrangement, IBASHO Gallery, Antwerp
2018 "It is difficult / to get the news ...", Gallery Sofie Van de Velde, Antwerp, Belgium
2018 Photo Friction, Cultuurcentrum Mechelen, Mechelen, Belgium
2017 Mixing / Memory and Desire, BredaPhoto, Breda, The Netherlands
2017 Controversy: Max Pinckers & Sam Weerdmeester, M HKA: Inbox, Antwerp, Belgium
2017 Trophy Camera v0.9: Dries Depoorter & Max Pinckers, Braakland, FOMU, Antwerp, Belgium
2016 Solo exhibition, Will They Sing ..., Re Gallery, MOCAK, Photomonth Festival, Krakow, Poland
2016 Floating Worlds: Max Pinckers & Daisuke Yokota, Foto-Forum, Bozen/Bolzano, Italy
2016 Max Pinckers & Daisuke Yokota, Gallery Sofie van de Velde, Antwerp, Belgium
2015 Picture This, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, USA
2015 Will They Sing Like Raindrops ..., Centrale for Contemporary Art, Brussels, Belgium
2015 Young Belgian Art Prize Exhibition, Bozar - Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium
2015 Solo exhibition, Focus Photography Festival / Motherland, Mumbai, India
2015 Solo exhibition, RIOT, Ghent, Belgium
2015 Solo exhibition, Chobi Mela International Festival of Photography, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2014 Verf na Van Eyck, CROXHAPOX, Ghent, Belgium
2014 Solo exhibition, Paraty Em Foco, Paraty, Brazil
2014 Coming People 2014, S.M.A.K., Ghent, Belgium
2014 The Belgian Six, presented by The Word, Bozar - Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium
2014 The Conclusion of A Movement in A Neutral Direction, Botanique, Brussels
2014 Icones, BIP | Pixels of Paradise, BAL - Musée des Beaux-Arts de Liège, Belgium
2013 Indomania, EUROPALIA, Bozar - Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium
2013 City of Levallois Photography Award, L’Escale gallery, Levallois, France
2013 Solo Exhibition, The Fourth Wall, Flageywood, EUROPALIA, Flagey, Brussels, Belgium
2013 Young Belgian Photography, FOMU, Antwerp, Belgium
2013 foundfootage.be, Private Investigations, Beursschouwburg, Brussels, Belgium
2012 Mamihlapinatapai, De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2012 Between the Lines, CROXHAPOX, Ghent, Belgium
2012 .tiff, Young Belgian Talent, De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2019 Photography in India: A Visual History from the 1850s to the Present, Nathaniel Gaskell & Diva Gujral, Prestel, Munich-London-New York
2019 Photobook Belge 1854–Now, Tamara Berghmans, FOMU – Fotomuseum Antwerp / Hannibal Publishing, Belgium
2018 Real lies: A photographer’s portrait of America in the post-truth era, Huck Magazine, UK
2018 Max Pinckers Interview: On Speculative Documentary, American Suburb X, USA
2017 Max Pinckers: Deus ex Magnum, Bruzz, Brussels, Belgium
2017 Hopen op de Goden: Max Pinckers & en Lara Gasparotto, Canvas, VRT, Belgium
2017 A Photographer's Search for Cracks in North Korea ..., The New Yorker, USA
2017 Playing Perfectly: On Outsourcing Creation To Machines, GUP Magazine, The Netherlands
2017 Book: Lotus by Max Pinckers and Quinten de Bruyn, British Journal of Photography, UK
2017 Één groot theater, De Standaard, Belgium
2017 30 Under 30 Europe - The Arts, Forbes Magazine, USA
2016 Truth and Fictions in Everyday Japan, TIME Lightbox, USA
2016 Het Beeld, Franky D.C: Instinct Double Point, 1990 (detail), De Standaard, Belgium
2016 Exhibition review: Two Kinds of Memory and Memory Itself, H ART #152, Belgium
2015 Self Publish, Be Happy: A DIY Photobook Manual and Manifesto, Aperture, USA
2015 Love in India, The New Yorker, USA
2015 Best Photobooks of 2014, Voices of Photography Magazine, Taiwan
2014 Over Vorm. Het Vervolg, Hans Theys, Belgium
2014 Best Photobooks of 2014, selected by Alec Soth, Time Magazine, USA
2014 Echt of niet echt, who cares?, De Morgen Magazine, Belgium
2014 The World Atlas of Street Photography, Jackie Higgins, Thames & Hudson, UK
2014 India’s Love Commandos, Sean O’Hagan, The Guardian, UK
2014 Will They Sing Like Raindrops or Leave Me Thirsty, GUP#43 Sweet Life, The Netherlands
2014 Parades amoureuses, M Le magazine Du Monde, France
2014 A Song of Love, The Indian Express, India
2014 Getuige of Medeplichtige?, H ART #128, Belgium
2014 Fotograaf Max Pinckers is overal vrij, en zeker in India, De Morgen, Belgium
2014 The Belgian Six, De Morgen, Belgium
2014 Kunstenaarspagina, H ART #121, Belgium
2013 Love, Honour & Disobey, British Journal of Photography magazine, UK
2013 India in een flits, De Morgen, Belgium
2013 Licht op verboden liefde, De Telegraaf, The Netherlands
2013 Europalia India focust op een natie in spagaat, De Morgen, Belgium
2013 File 01 | Max Pinckers, IMA magazine, Japan
2013 Coming of Age, British Journal of Photography magazine, UK
2013 Bollywood, Echt?, DS Weekblad magazine, De Standaard, Belgium
2013 Dummy, Foam Magazine #34, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2013 Ones to Watch, British Journal of Photography magazine, UK
2012 Het Kijkbeeld, Hans Theys, Belgium
2012 The Fourth Wall, Monthly Photography Magazine, Korea
2012 Tegenpolen in omhelzing, De Morgen, Belgium
2012 Focus, Een blik op 100 kunstenaars, Hans Theys, Belgium
2012 Fotografie in de ban van zelfreflectie, De Volkskrant, The Netherlands
2012 A Stamp of Approval - nominated by Dirk Braeckman, The Word magazine, Belgium
2012 Collectie by Hans Theys, M HKAzine #11, Belgium
2012 .tiff magazine, first edition, FOMU, Antwerp, Belgium
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