Rineke Dijkstra is one of the most prominent and internationally acclaimed artists working within the genre of photography and video portraiture. Her large-scale photographs show a rare sense of humanity, empathy and intimacy without any trace of sentimentality or indiscretion. Dijkstra typically captures her subjects at moments of transition or vulnerability, thus focusing on the thematics of identity. Though absolutely modern, yet timeless, her portraiture brings to mind the great masters of the Golden Age of Dutch art. ‘I try to capture something of the personality of these people,’ Rineke Dijkstra explains, ‘but at the same time extract something universal relating to humanity in general. There has to be enough space to make your own stories; to interpret a picture the way you want.’ Rineke Dijkstra is typically interested in the stages of life when we are on the way to becoming ourselves plus something else. Adolecents who stand somewhat insecure in swimsuits on the beach. The dancer who is fully immersed in music at a club. The young person who has put on a military uniform. The woman who has just given birth….
The book is published in connection to the exhibition ‘Rineke Dijkstra -the one and the many’ at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark (2017)
Specifications: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art / Koenig Books ・ 2017 ・ Hardcover ・ 25 x 32 cm. / 328 pages ・ English ・ 9783960982166