LOTUS (2011)
In collaboration with Quinten De Bruyn

In the series Lotus, Max Pinckers and Quinten De Bruyn document the world of transsexuals in Thailand. The gender crisis that the so-called ladyboys face is transformed into a visual metaphor about the identity crisis that contemporary documentary photography currently encounters, when it dares to reflect upon itself critically, and confront its paradoxes. The documentary photographer that captures reality as ‘a fly on the wall’ can’t deny his or her directive and manipulative role any longer. The anonymity, the seeming absence, is merely a pose. The tableaux that the photographer captures are not lies, but enfold themselves within the studio that he or she creates from reality.

Reference texts & reviews:
Tom Seymour, British Journal of Photography, UK, July 2017
Olga Yatskevich, Collector Daily, online, 2016
Hans Theys, M HKAzine #11, Belgium, 2012
Hans Theys, FOMU .tiff magazine, Belgium, 2012
Hans Theys, Lotus, Belgium, 2011 (revised in 2016)
Mirjam van der Linden, (Re): TILT exhibition catalogue, The Netherlands, 2011

Book: Lotus, published by Lyre Press, 2016