Subjective, autobiographical, and at times deeply mysterious, the photographs of Belgian artist Dirk Braeckman have both subverted and expanded the conventions of the medium since the 1980s. He often prints just a single image from each negative, ignoring the medium’s inherent reproducibility. And though he may return to the same negative in the darkroom, his experimental manner of working (ie: adding dust and scratches to negatives, overexposing, adding chemicals during printing) produces a variation on the image, not a reproduction. Braeckman’s work is almost exclusively black-and-white (and virtually monochromatic when in color), and his manipulation of light and tone – seen in the lush range of greys – bears evidence of a photographer who molds light and shadow like a painter. And though themes reoccur in his work – curtains, nudes, and reflections – they are evidence of a deeply sensitive photographic eye, rather than a deliberate strategy of production. Solo exhibitions of Braeckman’s work have been presented at museums throughout Europe, and this year Braeckman represented Belgium at the Venice Biennale.