Rineke Dijkstra, ‘Castricum aan Zee, The Netherlands, June 1992’, Sotheby's

From Generation to Generation: Important Photographs from the Ames Collection

Flush-mounted to aluminum, framed, signed and dated on a label, and with a Marian Goodman Gallery label on the reverse, 1992, printed in 2005, no. 4 in an edition of 10.

Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, 2006

About Rineke Dijkstra

Exquisitely attuned to her subjects, Dutch photographer Rineke Dijkstra makes large-scale, spare, psychologically rich portraits of people in states of transition. She works in series and has photographed new mothers with their infants, adolescents and pre-adolescents in bathing suits on the beach, and new recruits to the Israeli army. By focusing intently on her subjects and almost entirely excluding background details, Dijkstra emphasizes the individual, capturing visual cues that illuminate subtle psychological and emotional states. Dijkstra claims influence by the Dutch masters of painted portraiture, saying, “[G]enerally I get more out of looking at old paintings such as the Rembrandts, Vermeers and Versproncks at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. I think the light, as well as the emotional and psychological forces at play, are so incredible in those paintings.”

Dutch, b. 1959, Sittard, Netherlands, based in Amsterdam, Netherlands