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Rineke Dijkstra: A Retrospective [Hardcover]

Jennifer Blessing , Sandra Philips , Jan van Adrichem , Rineke Dijkstra


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Book Description

March 31 2012
This volume is the first comprehensive monograph on Rineke Dijkstra to be published in the United States. The catalogue accompanies the first U.S. mid-career survey of this important Dutch artist's work in photography and video; it features the Beach Portraits and other early works such as the photographs of new mothers and bullfighters, together with selections from Dijkstra's later work including her most recent video installations. Also included are series that she has been working on continuously for years, such as Almerisa (1994-present), which documents a young immigrant girl as she grows up and adapts to her new environment. The catalogue features essays by exhibition curators Jennifer Blessing (Senior Curator of Photography at the Guggenheim) and Sandra S. Phillips (Senior Curator of Photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art); an interview with the artist by Jan van Adrichem; interviews with the artist's subjects by Sophie Derkzer; short texts on the artist's series by Chelsea Spengemann; and the most comprehensive exhibition history and bibliography to date.
Rineke Dijkstra came to prominence in the 1990s with her celebrated Beach Portraits, large-scale color photographs of children on the verge of adolescence posed on beaches around the world, from South Carolina to the Ukraine. From that point on, her sensitive and visually riveting portraits have documented individuals caught in transitional states, sometimes due to physical exertion, for example after giving birth or dancing, or charted over time through series. Along with other Western European photographers such as Thomas Struth and Thomas Ruff, Dijkstra has been a leading innovator in the production of large-scale color images, which came to define contemporary photography in the 1990s and have transformed it ever since.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Guggenheim Museum Publications (March 31 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892074248
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892074242
  • Product Dimensions: 30.1 x 22.7 x 3.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #307,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Important and beautiful exhibition catalogue! June 27 2012
By Artbook Collector - Published on Amazon.com
I wrote this review mainly because I read Nick's review above. One star? Ashamed to put it on display? The above review is not at all fair in my opinion.

I'm also a fan of Rineke Dijkstra. I've been following her career for over 10 year and have most of her previous books. Nick is right about one thing: this book is very different from the Schirmer Mosel/D.A.P. monograph or the LaSalle Bank monograph of recent years. It has a much more contemporary feel, which I personally love. It is board book as opposed to a traditional jacketed hardcover. It is a very light object, but yet densely illustrated. There were several papers used, which I'm sure comes at an added expense. The essays are on a somewhat lightweight and uncoated stock (hardly "toilet paper") but there is MIMIMAL bleeding.

The plate section is fantastic and the printing is GORGEOUS. They printed it at Conti in Italy, who does fantastic work when it comes to art books. I'm not sure what Nick is talking about when he refers to pixilation. Perhaps he means the video stills that are reproduced. The reason they look that way: they are video stills. There is no unwarranted pixilation in this book.

This is the most definitive book on Dijkstra' s work to come along and I think it is equally strong in terms of design, production, and content. Just because one "fan" of the artist doesn't like this book doesn't mean potential future fans should be turned off by what I feel is a very unfair review. If you are interested in Dijkstra and want a book on her, BUY THIS WITH 100% CONFIDENCE. Or try to buy a copy of her older books which are all out of print at a significantly higher cost.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous art, great quality, amazing price! June 20 2012
By Sarah - Published on Amazon.com
This book is beautiful in content, and very unique in production. The bulk of the book (about 180 pages or so) is devoted to large reproductions of Dijkstra's work, and is printed on thick, high quality paper. I loved the beach portraits - reminiscent of Sally Mann, but with a more direct thematic approach in composition, connecting beautifully to the proceeding sequences. The flow of this book is just impeccable, which I find essential for a retrospective! The other reviewers are correct in that some of it is printed on thinner paper. But, it is by no means poor quality, and does not make up half of the book - only the first 60 pages, which are largely devoted to text. The thinner paper actually has a very nice feel and movement, which makes it easy to read. I especially enjoyed the included interview with Dijkstra herself. The mix of paper struck me as more of an aesthetic choice, allowing for some innovative variation. I imagine this mix may also account in part for the very affordable price! Sleek design, very readable, and intriguing photography - I highly recommend it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Nice Retrospective April 15 2012
By Abysis212 - Published on Amazon.com
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This is my first Reneke Dijkstra book and therefore can't compare it to her others. However, I have looked at hundreds (yes, many hundreds) of photography books and can say that the production value of this one is quite lovely. If you are on this page I would assume you already know who Rinke Dijstra is and are at least somewhat familiar and probably a fan of her work. Thus I am not going to go into detail about the nature of her work suffice to say the book contains a nice selection of her various projects.

The majority of the book is printed on a decently thick sort of semi-luster paper to nice effect. Each photo is given its own page and this is just the way I like. There is also a series of people dancing oddly reproduced on cheaper and inferior paper stock. It appears out of place in the book but is not too bothersome. Thankfully there are no double page photo spreads (the bane of my existence). The reproduction quality of the prints in the book is very good for the price. I've seen plenty of books with poorer reproduction priced around the same.

While I haven't completely digested the text I can say from what I have read there is some interesting and insightful commentary inside. If you are a fan of Dijkstra and have yet to purchase a book of hers don't hesitate to start here.
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible contemporary photographer Jan. 23 2013
By Dan Epstein - Published on Amazon.com
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Rineke Dijkstra's retrospective at the Guggenheim last year was one of the most influential shows I have ever experienced, and when I saw the price on Amazon for the show's accompanying book, I had to pick it up. If you don't know her work and are at all interested in portraiture, buy this now. She belongs in the great tradition of other portrait masters like Avedon and Karsh.
5.0 out of 5 stars The price is right Dec 10 2012
By Jamie Zin - Published on Amazon.com
This is a take-home-from-the-exhibition book, extremely well-done.

The big surprise for me was how perfect the interviews, essays, et cetera were, and normally I don't enjoy that at all for art.
What a surprise to hear from the people photographed about the photograph, half-a-lifetime after.

For what you pay, you get quite a selection of photographs. A few of these I would gladly frame.

Dijkstra, one cannot afford to ignore: her photographic "voice" deserves to be listened to; she is an honest artist.

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