Menno Kok earned his educational stripes at the Pratt Institute in New York and at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. Since then he has influenced the editorial frontline and made his mark in portrait photography around the world.
Kok's behavior is reminiscent of that of a mad collector, searching for evidence that we were here. By drawing attention to the mundane, he opens our eyes to the divine. In effect, he reveals to us who we really are, without even necessarily portraying us physically in the image. Those who’ve stood before his lens seem quite anonymous, but are omnipresent; fragile, yet empowered. Kok contextualizes the popular culture that we take for granted, and opens up our eyes to the mechanics that lie behind it.