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Rik Klein Gotink

Rijksmuseum
Photographer
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Rik Klein Gotink studied photography at the Institute of the Arts (ARTEZ) Enschede. Prior to that, he studied Applied Physics for two years at the University of Twente. The combination of photography, becoming more and more technical, and physics proved to be very effective in his career.

With his skills as a semi-physicist, he has developed several tools to improve the photographic workflow. Since 1987 he worked as an artist and also as a fine art photographer. Around 1992 he decided to shift his practise exclusively to cultural heritage and architecture photography. Among his customers are museums, art institutions and artists, like the Kröller-Müller Museum, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp, the Stedelijk Museum, Gemeentemuseum The Hague, the Noordbrabants Museum and Rijksmuseum Twenthe. He works, since 2005, on a part time basis for the Rijksmuseum, in the team of photographers, often in close collaboration with conservators.

As a freelance photographer he was, from 2010 onwards, involved in the Bosch Research and Conservation Project (http://boschproject.org/) a collaboration of the Noordbrabants Museum, Den Bosch, the Radboud University, Nijmegen and Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada.
All the paintings of Jeroen Bosch, and most of his works on paper are being researched by three art historians, a conservator and Rik Klein Gotink as photographer. The photography is done at an extreme resolution, 1200 ppi, in visible and IR photography and IR reflectography. For this purpose he developed a Tiling Rig, an easy to assemble, portable camera positioning system.