Toni Hafkensheid is globally recognized as a pioneer of Tilt-Shift photography. His original method blurs the lines between reality and fiction by using a shallow depth of field to make some parts of an image appear to be soft while other parts are in focus. This technique makes the subject of his photos appear as though they are dioramas. By using Toni’s original style of fantasy-like photography as a story telling technique, we have a unique opportunity to visually represent how the realities of our past can dictate the visions for our future.
Award-winning photographer Toni Hafkenscheid was born in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. After graduating from the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam in 1989, Toni won the prestigious Kodak Award presented by The Netherlands Council for the Arts. He then moved to Canada where he was active in the arts community in Toronto and received several awards. In 1996, Toni moved back to Amsterdam to pursue a career as a commercial photographer and to teach photography at the Rietveld Academy. He also began a life long career as a Tilt-Shift photographer. Returning to Canada in 2003, Toni has exhibited in solo and group shows throughout Canada, the U.S., and Europe. His worldwide representation includes galleries in Toronto, Vancouver, Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Germany and Amsterdam. In 2012, Toni’s Tilt-Shift photography was chosen as the poster and program art for the world’s biggest photography festival, Terra Cognita, Noorderlicht International Photofestival in Amsterdam.
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