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The humble potato gets elevated to high-art in new photography exhibition

To Dutch fashion photographers Anuschka Blommers and Niels Schumm, a potato and a Rolex are like potato-potahto: they shoot the former exactly as they shoot the latter.

A new exhibition at Jehangir Nicholson Art Foundation (JNAF), CSMVS, called Still/Life, in collaboration with Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam, presents this side of Dutch photography and art: an obsession with the humble, the boring, the drab.

Curator of JNAF, Kamini Sawhney says, “They’ve shot the potato in such lavish detail and lighting that it looks like a jewel. It also harks back to the famous The Potato Eaters by Van Gogh.”

Marcel Feil, curator of the show, says, “If you pay attention, you see the beauty in the potato, a huge richness of colours in its skin. Each potato is different. These are portraits of individual potatoes. So, it’s both still life and portrait photography.”

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