BIO

Zelfportret met zwemband © Jitske Schols

I grew up in the middle of the forest on a beautiful estate. But contrary to what people may think, we were anything but rich.  It’s these contradictions in life that I have since felt comfortable with and which made me realize at an early age that people are not interested in facts: it’s all about interpretations. That has led to my tendency to put things into perspective. In my photography I try to give expression to that by showing another side, regardless of any prejudices. It’s for the viewer to contemplate what to see and what to believe.

After a 20-year career in communications, I changed course in 2013 and became a freelance commercial & editorial (portrait) photographer. My clients range from newspapers & magazines to companies to organizations to singers to writers to politicians to galleries and so on. Please see my artist statement and feel free to contact me for any of your queries.

AWARDS, EXHIBITIONS, RECOGNITIONS

2017: Exposition ‘FACE TIME’ curated by Dutch National Portrait Gallery in collaboration with ‘Kunst en Cultuur in Beweging’ and the Dutch Railways NS
2017: Participation exhibition ‘Ode aan een Amsterdammer’ @ Het Scheepvaartmuseum by Dutch National Portrait Gallery
2017: Kuala Lumpur International Photoawardsshow 2017
2017: Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards 2017 – Finalist
2017: Summer expo Galerie Vlieland Maritiem Art
2017: Representation by Mrs. Robinson
2017: Lumen Photo member
2016: Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam
2016: Affordable Art Fair Stockholm
2016: Berlin Foto Biennale and 4th Biennial of Fine Art Photography
2016: Kuala Lumpur International Photoawardsshow 2016
2016: Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards 2016 – Finalist
2016: Affordable Art Fair New York
2016: Art Southampton, NYC
2016: Affordable Art Fair Hampstead, London
2016: Kunst RAI Amsterdam, Holland
2016: Scope Basel
2016: The Public House of Art, Identity Kit exhibition
2016: 8th Edition of the Julia Cameron Awards for Women Photographers – Finalist
2015: Athens Photo Festival 2015 – Shortlist
2014: SO 2014 – Nomination
2014: GUP New Dutch Photography Talent 2015
2014: Cultuurprijs Noord – Nomination
2014: Winters Binnen Festival

Member of Dupho.

Some most inspiring photographers: Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, August Sander, Man Ray, Diane Arbus, Paolo Roversi, Stephan VanFleteren, Hellen van Meene, Rineke Dijkstra