Saturday, February 03, 2007

Looks Like Teen Spirit

Rineke Dijkstra's young subjects meet our gaze head-on

by Leslie Camhi @ The Village Voice

The gap between intention and effect" was what Diane Arbus said she aimed for when, facing a person, she raised her camera and clicked the shutter—the distance (at times considerable) that separates someone's self-image from the way they look to others. In a transvestite's heavy chin or the jauntily painted eyebrows of two elderly coquettes at the Automat, she found a pathos linking them to a broader humanity.

The Dutch photographer Rineke Dijkstra focuses on something a bit different: those unguarded moments when the inchoate longings and the realities of youth collide.


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