Joost Vandebrug

Joost Vandebrug (b.1982) works across photography, mixed-media and film and studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam.His photo-based works include both conventional and unconventional printing techniques such as pigment transfers and silver-gelatin prints, both on the hand-made and hand-coated Washi as well as copper plates and traditional Barite paper. The susceptibility and fragility of historic photographic techniques, which often parallels his subject matters, led to Vandebrug's embrace of imperfection and accidents that go against the photographic tradition of producing and preserving unblemished prints.

Before dedicating his career solely to his art, Vandebrug worked as a commercial photographer and filmmaker and shot worldwide campaigns for clients such Nike, Superdry and Dsquared2 and was represented by Art+Commerce in New York and Canvas Represents in London.

Vandebrug's Documentary film, Bruce Lee and the outlaw for which he filmed a community living under the streets of Bucharest for 6 years won over a dozen international awards, received 5 stars in The Guardian and was screened in over 50 film festivals around the world.

Awards
11-2018 South Korea, Busan IFF, Winner Cinephile award for Best Documentary
04-2019 Istanbul, Turkey, Winner TRT award
05-2019 Munich, DOK.fest, Special Jury award
06-2019 Buenos Aires, Winner first jury prize + Audience award
07-2019 Rudnik IFF, Russia, Audience award
07-2019 Iceland, Icedocs, Winner Best film award + Audience award
09-2019 Utrecht, Nederlands film festival, Winner Debut award
10-2019 Bali, Indonesia, Winner Best documentary film Award
10-2019 Mexico, docsMX, Winner first Jury prize

Publications
A Life in Tunnels. 2011. Edition of 200 signed copies
Cinci Lei. Published by DUST magazine 2014
Bruce Lee, Regele Canalelor (Bruce Lee, King of the Tunnels). 2016.

Filmography

Bruce Lee and the outlaw (feature documentary)