Collection by Aaron Britt

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.

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