David de Haan, Dutch visual artist


David de Haan

Van Oudshoornhove 28
2726BX Zoetermeer
The Netherlands

+31 (0) 6 5316 3602


© Petra Katanic

Artist statement

I am interested in the paradox in human behaviour while trying to find happiness. By setting ambitious goals people spark energy and passion while at the same time heading for imminent failure and frustration.

In my photography I look for subjects that can serve as a metaphor for this human struggle. By showing these subjects in highly detailed typology-like series I want them to start telling this story. To go beyond the visible by showing nothing more than the visible.

Although I believe there is no such thing as objective photography I certainly strive for it. Photography for me is about showing reality in an objective and neutral way. Letting the viewer decide where to look and what to see. By taking a picture I’m forcing people to look closer. Every subject can be made into an interesting picture. The mere fact that a photograph is taken makes the subject interesting and asks for a closer inspection. By looking closely I believe every space and every landscape can tell a story. The viewer should be the one looking for this story and constructing one for himself.



  • This Art Fair, De Kromhouthal, Amsterdam, 2022
  • Head On Photo Festival, Sydney, 2022
  • Let’s meet, group exhibition @ KV02, The Hague, 2022
  • Photoville @ DUMBO Brooklyn, New York City, 2021
  • International Photo Festival Leiden @ Singelpark, Leiden, 2020 2021
  • LUCID, graduation exhibition Photo Academy @ Loods 6 , Amsterdam, 2018
  • New Dutch Photo Talent 2018, group exhibition @ 5&33, Amsterdam, 2017/2018
  • Het oog, group exhibition @ Photo Academy, Amsterdam, 2017


  • Photo Academy, Amsterdam, 2015 – 2018
    Graduated with my installation ‘Paradox of dreams‘.