Dijkstra’s portraits tend to be presented in a series format and have similar, minimal backgrounds with deadpan stares. Her photos offer an indulgent invitation to an exclusive world of relocation, adolescence, and innocence. Her subjects stand with a force that compels us to acknowledge their existence. Rineke Dijkstra’s photography is aggressively revealing and eaves us with a stoic-like, unapologetic presence.
Photographer Rineke Dijkstra was born on June 2, 1959 and currently lives and works in Amsterdam. She attended the Rietveld Academie from 1981 to 1986 in Amsterdam and started off her career as a commercial photographer. She started gaining traction after her series “Beach Portraits” (1992—94) was presented at the New York Museum of Modern Art in 1997. Her very first solo exhibition was in 1984 at de Moor Amsterdam. She has been featured in the Venice Biennale in 1997 and 2001, at the Bienal de Sao Paulo in 1998, and has been commissioned by the Anne Frank Foundation in Amsterdam. From 2005 to 2006, the traveling exhibition “Rineke Dijkstra: Portraits” was on view at several museums including Jeu de Paume, Paris and MACBA, Barcelona. She has had retrospectives under her name at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 2012. She is represented by Marian Goodman in New York and Paris, Galerie Jan Mot in Brussels, and Galerie Max Hetzler in Berlin.
She has received several awards including the Kodak Award Nederland (1987), the Art Encouragement Award Amstelveen (1993), the Honorary Doctorate from Royal College of Art, London (2011), and the Honorary Fellowship of Royal Photographic Society (2012). She received the Wexner Center Residency Award in media arts (2002/2003) and the artist-in-residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts.
Images courtesy of Rineke Dijkstra