Sammy Iason: ‘The world surrounding me

28th of May – 12th of August 2022 at Café Bern

From 28 May to 12 August 2022, Sammy Iason (Heerlen, 1995) will exhibit a selection of his (analogue) photographic work, from the period 2018 to the present, including photographs from his latest series ‘Sleepers’.

Please feel free to drop by. From 4:00-6:00 p.m. you can come and see the exhibition at your ease. Or late at night, after 11:00 p.m., when the rather busy dinner time has finished and a lovely relaxed “after hours” atmosphere has descended on Café Bern.

Below you can already have a preview of some of the works exhibited at Café Bern.

Untitled #1

Sammy Iason

Silver gelatin on barite, manually printed
50 x 35 cm

Exhibited at Café Bern
28th of May – 12th of August 2022

Untitled #2

Sammy Iason

Silver gelatin on barite, manually printed
50 x 35 cm

Exhibited at Café Bern
28th of May – 12th of August 2022

Untitled #3

Sammy Iason

Silver gelatin on barite, manually printed
50 x 35 cm

Exhibited at Café Bern
28th of May – 12th of August 2022

Untitled #4

Sammy Iason

Silver gelatin on barite, manually printed
50 x 35 cm

Exhibited at Café Bern
28th of May – 12th of August 2022

Untitled #5

Sammy Iason

Silver gelatin on barite, manually printed
50 x 35 cm

Exhibited at Café Bern
28th of May – 12th of August 2022

Untitled #6

Sammy Iason

Silver gelatin on barite, manually printed
50 x 35 cm

Exhibited at Café Bern
28th of May – 12th of August 2022

Sammy Iason

Heerlen, 1995

Sammy Iason lives and works in Amsterdam, where as a photographer he is inspired by the everyday. He focuses his lens on the street, on people he knows, but also on strangers and situations that may often be overlooked precisely because of their banality. In this way he tries to capture the moments the way he experiences them. Sammy is challenged and inspired by the work of major 20th-century photographers, including Brassaï, Vivian Maier and Elliott Erwitt.

He works analogueue and shoots his images, alternating quick snapshots and portrait photography, through the lens of various cameras such’s the Leica M6, Hasselblad and Rolleiflex. His black-and-white photographs often feature in series that he merges into zines like Arctic charm (2020), a series centered on the Icelandic landscape.

Sammy studied guitar at the pop department of the Amsterdam Conservatoire. Besides photography for various bands like City Park, Joya Mooi and Teddy’s Hit, for which he shot portraits and album sleeve art, his work was also shown in the exhibition Golden Glue (‘PAND, Heerlen, 2020). Also he plays in various bands.

For this exhibition he took a dip into his archive: ring binders filled with sheets full of negatives, dating from 2018 to 2022. Working with film and making prints gives him a lot of creative freedom. It gives a look and a certain character to the photos that’s unique. His field of work is the world around him. He always carries a camera to capture everyday life.

Sammy takes photographs of the city of Amsterdam and of the people he encounters, of friends and family, of the nightlife of the music world and the people and places that belong to it. Street photography, the people unknown to him who stand out from him, who somehow draw his attention.

The new work contains photographs of his series ‘SLEEPERS’: sleeping people in all kinds of postures in all kinds of places in the world. These photo’s have been bundled in a zine, but have not yet been printed. In addition, there are photographs shot in the center of Amsterdam.


Also check: www.sammyiason.com


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