At the age of 14, Carin Verbruggen picked up a camera for the first time, and instantly fell in love with photography as a medium. It was obvious that this was her tool to express herself and to show her view of the world. There was no question in her mind that she wanted to study at KABK (the Royal Academy of Art, the Hague) after high school, the KABK was the perfect place to learn the skills and get the eyes of a photographer.
After graduating Carin started out as an assistant to established photographers. Her ambition to be in charge and make her own work provided that pretty soon she was herself the photographer on the set. Following her ambition, in 1993 she moved from the Hague to Amsterdam where all major magazines, publishers, model- and publicity agencies are based. This was a well-planned move because she wanted to expand her workfield and challenge herself to step up in artistry and professionalism. Soon after, she started working for magazines like Elle and Marie Claire and companies like Citroen and Canon.
Ferry Drenthem Soesman’s love for music, film, photography and fashion initially led him to be a light and sound technician for NDT (the Netherlands Dance Theatre) in the hague. Although he loved the art of dance and his job, this wasn’t his final destination. He decided to follow his own creative ambition.
In 1996 C&F not only became lovers but also partners on a quest for beauty, in which they share a strong passion for photography, music and art. It was the perfect time to start their collaboration: worldwide the analog and digital world started to merge. Taking full advantage of their different backgrounds and expertise they developed the perfect synergy between concept, photography, graphic design and digital art.
Ever since, their work field has expanded worldwide, they can be found shooting not only in Europe but also in places like Morrocco, Moskou, South Africa and the US, wherever their work or inspiration brings them . Their work has been published and used for fashion and lifestyle magazines, album covers, advertisements, websites, exhibitions and books worldwide, and they collaborated with Porsche, Elle, Vogue, Esquire, Coca Cola, Candy Dulfer, Oscar & the Wolf, Sevdalisa and Usher, just to name a few.
In recent years, they increasingly developed their own, personal work. In this work the pursuit of beauty seems to prevail, but it is the underlying vulnerability captured in the images that gives them power.