Rineke Dijkstra was born on June 2, 1959, in Sittard, Netherlands. She studied at the Gerit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, 1981-86. Until the early 1990s, Dijkstra worked as a portrait photographer and then transitioned to taking her own style of portraits. In 1990 a bicycle struck her car, and she injured her hip. During her rehabilitation, she was inspired by a self-portrait of herself emerging from a pool, which became the catalyst of a new direction in her work. She gained international attention from her series, Beaches, in 1992-6. Dijkstra has had exhibitions including the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, 1999; Art Institute of Chicago, 2001; Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, 2005; the Venice Biennale, 1997 and 2001. In 2012, the Guggenheim Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art organized a major retrospective of her work. She has also received several awards including, the Kodak Awards, Netherlands in 1987, the Werner Mantz Award 1994, and the Macallan Royal Photography Prize, 2012. She currently lives and works in Amsterdam.
Rineke Dijkstra is featured in Edition: The Best of the Met