Kevin Best, Still Life Photographer

Kevin Best who was born in New Zealand (1960) and learnt his craft at the Australian Centre for Photography (2007 – 2009). He is reinterpreting the still life paintings of the Dutch Golden Age and manages to freeze time and take us back to that golden era. Kevin has amassed an extensive collection of items which featured in the original paintings, from a giant glass Roemer’s and delicate “Kraak” porcelain to German Westerwald jugs, agate and silver knives, silver cups and 300-year-old bronze candlesticks that have miraculously survived; each image can take weeks or months to fully prepare. He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the significance of every item used in each work and how they interact with each other to form a narrative that had a deep significance in a time of great wealth and fear. A narrative really that resonates to this day. (Ref: DesignFather) APJA News Issue 49.