Rineke Dijkstra @ SFMOMA

Dijkstra is a Dutch photographer who takes beautiful, intense and unsettling portraits. In 1994, she worked on two series. One was of young Dutch mothers right after they’d given birth. The other was of young Portuguese bullfighters right after they’d left the bullring. Dijkstra says:

 “The matadors came out covered in blood and exhausted – very similar to the mothers…I did not intend to do the men like that, all macho and the women as mothers – it just evolved from the experience…women make this extreme physical effort…while the men search for it as a kind of adventure. But still, both are exhausting and life-threatening actions.”

photo by Rineke Dijkstra

A retrospective of her work is at SFMOMA until May 28.

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~ by Valerie Palmer on May 16, 2012.

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