About Anamorfose

Our website is about collecting fine art & vintage photos.

We started selling vintage photos in 1997.  From the start we have used the internet as a primary platform for displaying the collection.  We were one of the first European online photo dealers to do so. 

Photo collectors are the most important reason of our work

Today, after almost 15 years Anamorfose has one of the largest online vintage photo collections.  There are about 4.000 photos online divided in 84 online photo exhibitions by about 64 photographers.  We maintain an inventory of about 10.000 photos in our archive that spans more than 50 years photo history in a full range of styles and subjects.

The vintage photos are available for guidance in establishing or developing a collection as well as buying or selling.

The main photography themes are:

Contemporary art photography: a small selection of photographers / friends who are also involved in the history ofThe vintage photos are available for guidance in establishing or developing a collection as well as buying or selling. photography

Documentary photography: early documentary photography from the Interbellum organized around specific themes as death and social photography

Experimental photography: we love to collect and present your unique photographs flirting with the borders of the medium

Figure photography: the human figure is an important theme in photography.  Nude and dance photography are an important theme in the collection.  Especially the Interwar period is very well represented.

Landscape photography: another important theme in photography.  Our collection focuses on pictorialist landscapes.

The collections is organized around two important periods in the photo history: pictorialism (1880 - 1920) and the Inter War or Interbellum period (1918 - 1940) with an accent on avant garde photography.  Night photography: a very personal choice of astronomy photos

Pictorialist photography: Anamorfose houses one of the most important Belgian and European pictorialist collections.

Still life: a theme on the border of documentary and experimental photography.

Vernacular photography: we were one of the pioneers in recognizing the importance of amateur or anonymous photography.  Since the 1980's we have integrated vernacular work in our collection.

The Vintage Photo Collection

The collection is organized around two important periods in the photo history: pictorialism (1880 - 1920) and the Interwar or Interbellum period (1918 - 1940) with an accent on avant garde photography.  

Belgian and European photographers

The majority of the photographers are European, mostly Belgian photographers.  Belgium played and still plays an important role in the photo history.The majority of the photographers are European, mainly Belgian photographers.  Belgium played and is still playing an important role in the photo history.  After France and England it was the third country worldwide where photography was introduced.  It has a very rich photo culture of amateur and professional photographers.  The Belgian photo history isn't known by a large public.   Of course Leonard Misonne, Gustave Marissiaux and Willy Kessels are well known.  But there is still much more to discover.  Two important photo museums have large and important collections.  The quality of the Belgian photographers is very high and respected by international collectors.

 

The Collector's Room

It's the perfect place for photo collectors and photo lovers to discover the vast collection of vintage photos.  Since we moved to our new location in Izegem, Belgium in 2008 we have a new Collector's Room where we occasionally organize photo exhibitions and small events.

It's the perfect place for photo collectors and photo lovers to discover the vast collection of vintage photos


You're warmly welcome.


Xavier Debeerst

I started photographing when I was 12. From then onwards it has been a way of thinking and looking at things. Very fast I became aware of the fact that the history of photography was an important source of inspiration.

Very fast I became aware of the fact that the history of photography was an important source of inspiration.When I was looking at the old prints it seemed to me that the actual photography missed something.
In my search of this missing aspect in modern photography.
I studied photography, film and graphical arts at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Gent. I experimented with the "old" processes : Gum Printing, Cyanotypes, Platinum prints, etc. I was looking for a personal and contemporary language with the nineteenth century processes. I started to make montages, collages and paintings in which I combined my own pictures and old pictures. It is in this process that I created a fictional character "Monsieur Anonyme" which is my personal tribute to the pictures of anonymous photographers.

Examples of my personal (astro)photography can be discovered on my private website.

Besides my personal quest in photography, I also engaged in a career in publicity and Internet Marketing (www.mindex.be)

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The vintage photos featured on this website are single vintage photographs to be purchased as a collectors item.
No rights for reproduction or commercial use in any form whatsoever are given or implied.
If, when visiting this website, you should encounter photographs that you think you have copyrights or any other rights on, please contact us.
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