Face the Dutch / Contemporary Photography of The Netherlands

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Supported by The Netherlands Consulate General in New York

Produced by Astrid Verhoef

Curated by Aloys Ginjaar

Featuring: Jenny Boot, Paul Breuker, Gitte Brugman, Cleo Campert, Fieke van Dieren, Ton Dirven, Nelske Elzer, Aloys Ginjaar, Anton Havelaar, Rudi Huisman, Jasper Juinen, Mariska Karto, Wim Koen, Carla Kogelman, Margaret Lansink, Elmer van der Marel, Marinka Masséus, Ilvy Njiokiktjien, Imke Panhuijzen, Lilian van Rooij, Maartje Roos, Patricia Steur, Tina van Turnhout, Astrid Verhoef, Edgar Verhoeven, Edel Verzijl, Jac Weerts, and Bastiaan Woudt

Dutch photography has traditionally been widely appreciated in genres like documentary, portrait, and landscape photography. Characteristics often mentioned are a solid style with a focus on everyday life and social commitment with a sense of irony. These features have not only shaped the image of Dutch photography, but have also contributed to the image of Dutch culture in general.

The culture of the image has evolved dramatically, especially in the last ten years. The communication of images has amplified due to the internet, social media, smartphones, and new digital possibilities. This change gave way to a new generation of photography. Photographers, now more than ever, enjoy the freedom to shape reality and the culture in which they live in a new and individual fashion.

Now is the time for an exhibition consisting of the contemporary photography of The Netherlands: Face the Dutch.




Aloys Ginjaar has worked for many years as a photographer, journalist and curator. His work was part of World Press Photo 1973, 1975, and 1977, and since 2000 he’s been organizing the monthly Photographers Evening in Amsterdam. Ginjaar has curated Dutch exhibitions for the New York Photofestival 2011 (Dutch Delight) & Photoville for the past three years. He’s been awarded the Golden Age Award for his activities for the Dutch Photographic community.

Astrid Verhoef works as an artist/photographer based in Amsterdam and has been producing exhibitions since 2011. Her work has been part of the IJFFF Photo & Filmfestival 2012, The (Super) Heroes exhibition at the Manhattan Bridge, and Photoville for the past three years. In 2013, Astrid was chosen by GUP Magazine as one of the “New Dutch Photo Talents,” and she won second prize at the New York Photo Festival exhibition “Resolution 2014.”

Aloys Ginjaar and Astrid Verhoef strive to create an international platform for Dutch Photography. They do so by organizing group exhibitions abroad as well as in The Netherlands. Exhibitions they have so far realised have been shown in New York, Amsterdam, and Tokyo.

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For ‘Face the Dutch,’ they have selected 28 Dutch photographers, among whom are Ilvy Njiokiktjien (National Photographer of the Netherlands 2013), Carla Kogelman (First Prize People at World Press Photo 2014) Marinka Masséus (Silver at Prix de la Photography Paris 2015), and Edgar Verhoeven (Silver at International Fine Art Photography).

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