Saturday, May 5, 2012
Dijkstra Rineke at SFMOMA
These large, bold, dramatic portraits simultaneously suggested emotional intensities and human frailties. Photographed in the US and Europe, they depict young subjects. Large-seeming heads and soulful eyes look out over lanky awkwardness and precise stillness.
One series was taken on beaches (an odd dark haired girl in Belgium wearing a strange striped one piece particularly stood out), another was of Portuguese bullfighters, another of nude women with newborn babies... My favorite series was Almerisa, a Bosnian refugee in the Netherlands. She was photographed over two decades, and it was fascinating having these glimpses of her growing up and assuming adulthood.