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Rineke Dijkstra’s portraits are impossible to pull away from. While her subjects range from park-goers and dancers to French Foreign Legion officers, they are all young, and they are all totally open. Dijkstra is unparalleled in her ability to capture the emotional flux of growing up. Each face that addresses her camera (always directly) projects an honesty of feeling, and a calmness, as if Dijkstra had captured them at the one moment of calm in their otherwise turbulent lives.

Dijkstra is currently the subject of a major retrospective at SFMOMA, which will arrive at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, in New York, this summer. This promises to be a stellar show.

For those who wish to learn more about her thinking and working methods, she will be talking this Saturday with Guggenheim curator Jennifer Blessing, on a discussion panel at AIPAD Photography Show.

Photography by Rineke Dijkstra