Not long after young Dutch photographers Anouk Kruithof and Jaap Scheeren graduated from art school, they were featured in a newspaper series on the future of art-school graduates which was titled “The Black Hole.” For Kruithof and Scheeren, who were determined to make a name for themselves as photographers, that title became a theme for an ambitious project: a series of photographs on depression, black-outs, the Universe and actual black holes. The result is this multi-dimensional publication, in which pictures relate to each other in ever-changing variations, filling the black hole no matter how you define it in new and surprising ways. This fresh, innovative publication was the first winner of the Unique Photography Prize awarded by HUP Gallery Amsterdam.
The project was first shown in Foam Amsterdam in 2006, in a solo show. The book got a honorable mention at the Recontres Arles Photography Book award 2006. The exhibition travelled to Mamac (Museum for Modern and Contemporary Art Liege, 2008), Kunstraum Niederosterreich in Vienna (2008), Photofestival Stop in Leipzig (2009). And the installation was part of the travelling group show Dutch Dare, Contemporary Photography from the Netherlands (2006-2007).