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Jan Bartelsman has been specializing in culinary photography and film for some 25 years. He has built up a clientele consisting of both national and international customers, and regularly publishes works of his own. His work includes everything and anything, from promotional product photography to coffee table books for Michelin star chefs and user-friendly cookbooks for the home chef. Jan Bartelsman approaches every project with the goal of striving for and achieving the ultimate results.

Bartelsman’s unique artistic vision and technical expertise are essential components of his working method, and help him to capture images that grab the attention, seduce the senses and transcend the ordinary. His photographs display culinary ingredients to their freshest and most contemporary advantage. He always strikes just the right balance between light and shadow, sharpness and the creative use of blur.

Bartelsman’s practical, efficient approach towards photo sessions is highly valued by both chefs and other sponsors. His creative ideas and suggestions coupled with his knowledge of current market trends raise his photo shoots well above the level of simply capturing images.

Work Experience

Bartelsman’s extensive experience has taken him from Amsterdam and Rotterdam to New York and Hong Kong. Travelling the world, he has photographed countless and diverse:

Restaurants (including De Librije, Joël Robuchon, Supperclub, Ron Blaauw, Per Se and Les Jeunes Restaurateurs de l’Europe)
Hotels (including Intercontinental, Sofitel, Van der Valk)
Food/Drink producers (including Domaine de La Romanée Conti, Schmidt Zeevis, Oos Kesbeke, ConoKaas, Chefswarehouse USA)
Magazines (including LXRY, Culinaire Saisonnier, Food Arts Magazine USA)
Book Publishers (De Jonge Hond/Princess Books, Prometheus, Lannoo, Artisan, Asia One Hong Kong)
Other (KLM, De Bijenkorf Department Stores, The Academy for Gastronomy Netherlands, De Kookfabriek Amsterdam, Choizes Children’s Apparel)

Bartelsman Publications

Bartelsman also publishes his own works or for others. Among the books he has published is the on-going series entitled
‘Dining in …’, in which each instalment concentrates on the finest restaurants operating in a particular city. In 2012 he published Living, Loving, and Longing, in which he, together with author Ronald Giphart, chronicles a 5-day pub-crawl through Amsterdam. Also he just finished an Ipad app made for Librije’s Atelier which will be in the itunes store soon.