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Rineke Dijkstra at SFMOMA

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Yesterday I was utterly knocked out at the press preview for SFMOMA's new show "Rineke Dijkstra: Retrospective." I'd seen the Dutch photographer's work before in dribs and drabs, but taken as a whole her brand of unflinching portraiture is overwhelming. Dijkstra's photos tend to come in series—adolescents at the beach, a Croatian refugee shot over a span of decades, teenagers in the park—and much of their power comes in a sustained yet varied look at a particular subject. The shots tend to be head-on and massive, at once making heroes of her subjects and opening them up to close scrutiny. Here's a selection of Dijkstra's work, which is on view from February 18th through May 28th in San Francisco. It's her first show of this size in the United States.

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  Rineke Dijkstra, Olivier, The French Foreign Legion, Camp Général de Gaulle, Libreville, Gabon, June 2, 2002, 2002; chromogenic print; 49 5/8 in. x 42 1/8 in. ; Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York & Paris; © Rineke Dijkstra
    Rineke Dijkstra, Olivier, The French Foreign Legion, Camp Général de Gaulle, Libreville, Gabon, June 2, 2002, 2002; chromogenic print; 49 5/8 in. x 42 1/8 in. ; Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York & Paris; © Rineke Dijkstra
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  Rineke Dijkstra, Olivier, The French Foreign Legion, Quartier Monclair, Djibouti, Djibouti, July 13,2003, 2003; chromogenic print; 49 5/8 in. x 42 1/8 in.; Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York & Paris; © Rineke Dijkstra
    Rineke Dijkstra, Olivier, The French Foreign Legion, Quartier Monclair, Djibouti, Djibouti, July 13,2003, 2003; chromogenic print; 49 5/8 in. x 42 1/8 in.; Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York & Paris; © Rineke Dijkstra
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  Rineke Dijkstra, Shany, Palmachim Israeli Air Force Base, Palmachim, Israel, October 8, 2002, 2002; chromogenic print; 49 5/8 in. x 42 1/8 in.; Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York & Paris; © Rineke Dijkstra
    Rineke Dijkstra, Shany, Palmachim Israeli Air Force Base, Palmachim, Israel, October 8, 2002, 2002; chromogenic print; 49 5/8 in. x 42 1/8 in.; Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York & Paris; © Rineke Dijkstra
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  Rineke Dijkstra, Vila Franca de Xira, Portugal, May 8, 1994; 1994; chromogenic print; 49 5/8 in. x 42 1/8 in.; Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York & Paris; © Rineke Dijkstra
    Rineke Dijkstra, Vila Franca de Xira, Portugal, May 8, 1994; 1994; chromogenic print; 49 5/8 in. x 42 1/8 in.; Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York & Paris; © Rineke Dijkstra
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  Rineke Dijkstra, Long Island, N. Y., USA, July 1, 1993, 1993; chromogenic print; 66 1/8 in. x 55 11/16 in.; Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York & Paris; © Rineke Dijkstra
    Rineke Dijkstra, Long Island, N. Y., USA, July 1, 1993, 1993; chromogenic print; 66 1/8 in. x 55 11/16 in.; Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York & Paris; © Rineke Dijkstra
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  Rineke Dijkstra, Kolobrzeg, Poland, July 26, 1992, 1992; chromogenic print; 66 1/8 in. x 55 11/16 in.; Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York & Paris; © Rineke Dijkstra
    Rineke Dijkstra, Kolobrzeg, Poland, July 26, 1992, 1992; chromogenic print; 66 1/8 in. x 55 11/16 in.; Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York & Paris; © Rineke Dijkstra
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  Rineke Dijkstra, Hilton Head Island, S.C., USA, June 24, 1992; 1992; chromogenic print; 66 1/8 in. x 55 11/16 in.; Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York & Paris; © Rineke Dijkstra
    Rineke Dijkstra, Hilton Head Island, S.C., USA, June 24, 1992; 1992; chromogenic print; 66 1/8 in. x 55 11/16 in.; Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York & Paris; © Rineke Dijkstra
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  Rineke Dijkstra, Self-Portrait, Marnixbad, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, June 19, 1991; 1991; chromogenic print; 24 7/16 in. x 20 1/2 in.; Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York & Paris; © Rineke Dijkstra
    Rineke Dijkstra, Self-Portrait, Marnixbad, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, June 19, 1991; 1991; chromogenic print; 24 7/16 in. x 20 1/2 in.; Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York & Paris; © Rineke Dijkstra
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  Rineke Dijkstra, Vondelpark, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, June 10, 2005, 2005; chromogenic print; 59 5/8 in. x 70 1/16 in.; Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York & Paris; © Rineke Dijkstra
    Rineke Dijkstra, Vondelpark, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, June 10, 2005, 2005; chromogenic print; 59 5/8 in. x 70 1/16 in.; Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York & Paris; © Rineke Dijkstra
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  Rineke Dijkstra, Sefton Park, Liverpool, England, June 10, 2006, 2006; chromogenic print; 53 15/16 in. x 64 9/16 in.; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, purchase through a gift of Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein and the Accessions Committee Fund; © Rineke Dijkstra
    Rineke Dijkstra, Sefton Park, Liverpool, England, June 10, 2006, 2006; chromogenic print; 53 15/16 in. x 64 9/16 in.; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, purchase through a gift of Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein and the Accessions Committee Fund; © Rineke Dijkstra
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  Rineke Dijkstra, Amy, The Krazyhouse, Liverpool, England, December 23, 2008, 2008; inkjet print; 48 7/8 in. x 40 1/4 in. ; Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York & Paris; © Rineke Dijkstra
    Rineke Dijkstra, Amy, The Krazyhouse, Liverpool, England, December 23, 2008, 2008; inkjet print; 48 7/8 in. x 40 1/4 in. ; Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York & Paris; © Rineke Dijkstra
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  Rineke Dijkstra, Almerisa, Asylum Center Leiden, Leiden, the Netherlands, March 14, 1994, 1994; chromogenic print; 49 3/16 in. x 41 5/16 in. ; Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York & Paris; © Rineke Dijkstra
    Rineke Dijkstra, Almerisa, Asylum Center Leiden, Leiden, the Netherlands, March 14, 1994, 1994; chromogenic print; 49 3/16 in. x 41 5/16 in. ; Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York & Paris; © Rineke Dijkstra
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  Rineke Dijkstra, Almerisa, Wormer, the Netherlands,  February 21, 1998; 1998; chromogenic print; 49 3/16 in. x 41 5/16 in. ; Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York & Paris; © Rineke Dijkstra
    Rineke Dijkstra, Almerisa, Wormer, the Netherlands, February 21, 1998; 1998; chromogenic print; 49 3/16 in. x 41 5/16 in. ; Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York & Paris; © Rineke Dijkstra
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  Rineke Dijkstra, Almerisa, Leidschendam, the Netherlands, April 13, 2002, 2002; chromogenic print; 49 3/16 in. x 41 5/16 in. ; Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York & Paris; © Rineke Dijkstra
    Rineke Dijkstra, Almerisa, Leidschendam, the Netherlands, April 13, 2002, 2002; chromogenic print; 49 3/16 in. x 41 5/16 in. ; Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York & Paris; © Rineke Dijkstra
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  Rineke Dijkstra, Almerisa, Leidschendam, the Netherlands, March 24, 2007, 2007; chromogenic print; 49 3/16 in. x 41 5/16 in. ; Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York & Paris; © Rineke Dijkstra
    Rineke Dijkstra, Almerisa, Leidschendam, the Netherlands, March 24, 2007, 2007; chromogenic print; 49 3/16 in. x 41 5/16 in. ; Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York & Paris; © Rineke Dijkstra
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  Rineke Dijkstra, Almerisa, Zoetermeer, the Netherlands, June 19, 2008, 2008; chromogenic print; 49 3/16 in. x 41 5/16 in. ; Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York & Paris; © Rineke Dijkstra
    Rineke Dijkstra, Almerisa, Zoetermeer, the Netherlands, June 19, 2008, 2008; chromogenic print; 49 3/16 in. x 41 5/16 in. ; Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York & Paris; © Rineke Dijkstra

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