Artist statement

My name is Anaïs López and I am a visual artist in Amsterdam based in the Netherlands. I am a documentary photographer who works with still and moving images. The choice for still and/or moving images is decided exclusively by the story that I want to tell.
I graduated from the Royal Art Academy in The Hague in 2006 and I did a two year Masters (2008-2010) at Sint Joost Academy in Breda about narrative structures and documentary strategies. Besides working for magazines as an independent photographer, I make photo documentaries about things that matter to me.

In my work I investigate how people live in the city. What fascinates me is how these people try to find (or make) a place in an urban society. The main question I ask myself in my work is whether people make the city or the city makes the people.

I use my camera as a tool to capture that interaction between people and the city. I alternate between zooming in on one individual and capturing the city that this individual lives in. You could say that I switch from macro to micro level. In this manner I try to capture the image of the city with a personal story and build a bridge between the private and the public sphere.