Amsterdam Art Week 17–27 Juni 21 Amsterdam Art Week 17–27 Juni 21 Amsterdam Art Week 17–27 Juni 21

Bertien van Manen Helen and Camy with dog, Cumberland, 1987 gelatin silver print paper: 70 x 100 cm

This is Bertien van Manen’s first solo show at Annet Gelink Gallery. Born in 1942 and with a career spanning over forty years, she is known for her intimate portraits of life as others live it. 

Van Manen started out photographing her children and family in the 1970s, and this led to a career in fashion photography. After being introduced to the work of Robert Frank and growing bored of the fashion world, she aimed her camera at others, developing a more raw, spontaneous and personal approach. She has documented the daily lives of various social groups and cultures, including nuns, female migrant workers, and mining communities in the Appalachians, as well as life in the former Soviet Union and China. She immerses herself in the places and cultures she photographs. The resulting images display an intimacy and directness that imbue them with the unworldly otherness of lives unimagined, and make these lives approachable with humanity, warmth, and honesty.

Bertien van Manen

Bertien van Manen (NL, 1942)