Antoine Horenbeek is a Brussels-based architect and photographer
specialized in architecture and documentary photography. He has long been interested in
photography and his interests in art and architecture have enriched his
abilities to tell stories through his lens. While studying architecture
at La Cambre-Horta (Université Libre de Bruxelles) and architecture, photography and graphic design at Universidad Francisco de Vitoria (Madrid), he traveled across
continents to follow his interests in architecture and documentary
photography. After graduation, he first began working as an architect and then as a freelance photographer.
He is interested in large and small cities, empty spaces, industrial
cities, natural and artificial landscapes, urban developement, right to
the city, connections between formal and
Since 2015, he has collaborated with architecture and urban planning offices (1010 architecture & urbanism, Urban Architectes, AC Plus Architecture, Tetra Kayser Associés), artist collectives (Teatro de Afeto) and NGO's (Catalytic Communities, RioOnWatch.org) in Belgium and Brazil.
His photographs aim to approach the urban and social aspects of the cities and develop a new point of view about the urbanized space and the way in which people use it.
(Ongoing project sinds 2015 - Brazil)
This series explores the architecture and urbanism of diferent brazilian cities. In this country so starkly characterized by contrast and inequality, public space is designated in ways that are not common elsewhere. There, the notions of security, privacy, and sharing guide the formation and use of urban spaces as well as nature, which has had a profound impact on the design of Rio de Janeiro. In capturing images, I am just as intrigued by the empty spaces as I am by the many ways in which they were appropriated.
The photographs I am taking for the NGO Catalytic Communities are also part of this work about Brazil. The project aimed to document favela architecture, homes and lives through photography.
(Ongoing project sinds 2017 - Charleroi, Belgium)
In 2008, a survey of the Dutch newspaper 'De Volkskrant' cited Charleroi as the ugliest place in the world. This former mining town in southern Belgium was the center of a vast coalfield, now completely abandoned, formerly known as ‘Pays Noir’. Since its decline, the city has often suffered a very bad reputation in Belgium and elsewhere.
The intention of this photo series is to give a more accurate and realistic vision of this city. The aim is to show new points of view on the industrial and natural landscape, the architecture and the inhabitants of this city that is full of poetic and unknown places. Without taking part in the debate on the beauty of Charleroi, these photos will give reading keys to understand better this unique city in the world.