Dutch photographer and video artist Rineke Dijkstra’s frank and compelling portraits capture her subjects in moments that are both self-conscious and unwittingly revealing, illustrating the complexity of human beings.
She mostly works in series of portraits, drawing not only on the history of documentary portrait photography represented by August Sander and others, but also on the history of portrait painting and each model’s desire to present his or her own imagined image.
This event is part of the Whitechapel Gallery’s talk series Prix Pictet Conversations on Photography, which provides a platform for leading contemporary photographers from around the world to discuss and present their practice.
Supported by Pictet & Cie
Rineke Dijkstra studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam between 1981 and 1986. She worked as a formal portrait photographer until the early 1990s when she began to take her own style of portraits. The Beachesseries (1992–6), for which she photographed adolescents in their bathing costumes on beaches from the Ukraine to the USA gained her international attention.