was born 1964 in Herwen en Aerdt, The Netherlands (NL). He studied
Audio-Visual Design at the Academy of Design in Tilburg, NL and photography
with Magnum photographer Martin Parr. Seesing runs the one-stop video
production company Steddy.
About Top Managers
My experience as a tax consultant led me to this subject. During my
two year career as a tax consultant I was strongly confronted with
the strict hierarchy and the elements of status that were used to
confirm your position in the organization. The size of your office,
your chair, the list-price of your company car, the sort of suit you
I searched for ways to express this phenomenon and decided it would
be best achieved by depicting the men who occupy the post of Chairman
of the Board of Directors of the largest Dutch companies (Top 100),
together with some of the above mentioned elements of status.
At the time I started this series I became very much interested in
the German "Neue Sachlichkeit" photographers Bernd and Hilla Becher
and Thomas Ruff. They inspired me to execute this series in such a
By photographing these different people in exactly the same way I
give the viewer the opportunity to compare these men with one another
and to carefully study similarities and differences.
The fact that they stand next to the chair they use, depicted from
head to toe, lends a vulnerable element to the image. Standing next
to the throne, one step removed from the seat of power. The chair
symbolizes status, but also refers to the increasing mobility of labor
and the diminishing uniqueness of these captains of industry, which
makes them easier to replace. In
technique and design I use the language of advertising, presenting
the managers as corporate images in illuminated street furniture style
boxes of 1.25 x 1.25 meters per box.