Marcel Bakker is specialised in portrait photography with a sparkle. He creates or searches for the right light and atmosphere to give his portraits an unusual subtle quality. He always delivers and can work fast and efficient. He can create powerful portraits as well as light playful unposed images. If the situation allows it, Marcel prefers to take his time to make a personal connection. He wants his subjects to be genuine and looks for an honest authentic reflection.
Apart from commissions Marcel works on personal projects which involve his Anthropological academic background. His work is inspired by non-fiction literature and has either a historical angle (Palio) or examines the cultural aspects of food (Mad Honey). He has a special interest in ‘living history’, in people and places where tradition meets modernity.
Before starting his career as a portrait photographer, Marcel worked as a picture-editor and/or artdirector for Amnesty International, Associated Press and several Dutch magazines (Johan magazine, De Groene Amsterdammer, Justitie Magazine, Intermediair and Sprout).
Marcel Bakker works independently and takes commissions directly from his clients. The portraits in his archive are represented by Lumen Photo in The Netherlands. Visum in Germany handles his archive in reportage work. Marcel also works together with Getty Images Studio and the Global Assignment Agency.
Marcel Bakker is based in Amsterdam and takes assignments in The Netherlands, Denmark (Copenhagen area) and Germany (Hannover, Hamburg and Berlin area). For larger productions Marcel is also available in New York and the San Francisco Bay area.
Audi, Ahold, Nuon/Vattenfall, FNV, Wilde Ganzen, Porsche, Toyota, Lexus, Heineken, KPN, Erasmus MC, Family Business Network, Arts en Auto, Head Office, MT, Computable, Delta Lloyd/NN, ZIN Magazine, LongFonds, Nuffic, Media Partners Group, Getty Images and others.