Contemporary Dutch portrait photography has been held in high regard for many years, both in the Netherlands itself and on the international stage. Indeed, photographers like Anton Corbijn and Rineke Dijkstra are even more widely known abroad than in their own country. But what makes Dutch portrait photography so unique? The exhibition entitled “Dutch Identity” in Museum de Fundatie in Zwolle centres on that question with works of 25 prominent contemporary portrait photographers, all from the Netherlands: Danielle van Ark, Blommers&Schumm, Koos Breukel, Joost van den Broek, Ernst Coppejans, Anton Corbijn, Linelle Deunk , Desiree Dolron, Rineke Dijkstra, Charlotte Dumas, Lucia Ganieva, Ringel Goslinga, Pieter Henket, Carli Hermès, Cuny Janssen, Danielle Kwaaitaal, Annaleen Louwes, Hellen van Meene, Vincent Mentzel, Erwin Olaf, Carla van de Puttelaar, Viviane Sassen, Martine Stig, Marie Cécile Thijs and Marcel van der Vlugt.
The contemporary photographic portrait evolves from the Lowlands’ centuries-old tradition of portraiture. Portraits are all about identity. Not only the identity of the model but also that of the photographer and that of the person viewing the portrait.
In an age that virtually everyone has a photo camera at hand in the form of a mobile phone and portraits, selfies or otherwise, are flung without a thought and in massive quantities out into the world via social media, Dutch Identity shows that a photographic portrait can be much more than a random snapshot.
The exhibition was organised by Cathinka Huizing and Harriet Stoop-de Meester, joint authors of the book Dutch Identity, Dutch Portrait Photography TODAY that will be published by publishing house De Kunst.
Portraits: 1. Danielle van Ark / 2. Blommers&Schumm / 3. Koos Breukel / 4. Joost van den Broek / 5. Ernst Coppejans / 6. Anton Corbijn / 7. Linelle Deunk / 8. Desiree Dolron / 9. Charlotte Dumas / 10. Pieter Henket / 11. Carlí Hermes / 12. Cuny Janssen / 13. Danielle Kwaaitaal / 14. Anneleen Louwes / 15. Vincent Mentzel / 16. Erwin Olaf / 17. Carla van de Puttelaar / 18. Viviane Sassen / 19. Martine Stig / 20. Marie Cecile Thijs / 21. Marcel van der Vlugt
Exhibition Dutch Identity
Dutch Portrait Photography Today
Museum de Fundatie, Zwolle
January 16 until April 17, 2016