Maarten Spanjer in Het Parool

Media: Het ParoolPublication date: Monday, September 9About: Actor and writer Maarten Spanjer (66) describes in his new book ‘Geluk is een herinnering’ his childhood in the fifties and sixties. “It’s a world that no longer exists.”Interview: Maarten MollPhotography of this series: Jitske Schols READ ⬤ Read the article online (in Dutch) 

Friday Feature #36

Title: BalladeTechnique: photographyFinish: frame, museum glassEdition: 01/05 + 2 APSize: photo 60 x 40 cm (frame size 62,5 x 42,5 cm)Prize: €2125,= incl. BTWMaker: Jitske Schols Available at: Galerie Caroline O’Breen (or contact me and I will get you in contact with Caroline) Viewing by appointment MORE DETAILS ⬤ Ballade product page 》

New book for De Kunstmeisjes

De Kunstmeisjes – Mirjam Kooiman, Nathalie Maciesza and Renee Schuiten-Kniepstra – write enthusiastically and contagiously about old and modern art – both for the seasoned art lover and the beginning enthusiast. Their book was released just recently. And they invited me to make their portraits for the book and press. On average, people look at a work of art for twenty seconds. But what secrets unfold after that moment? De Kunstmeisjes, three young art historians, take you along their fifty favorite works of art in Dutch museums. From Frans Hals, Breitner and Morandi to Yayoi Kusama, Louise Bourgeois and Anish …

Study into shapes, colors & techniques

My photography is inspired on the late nineteenth century’s artworks made by artists like Willem Witsen, W.B. Tholen or Piet Meiners or their artistic contemporaries who lived and worked on the place where I grew up, only a century earlier. During my photo shoots, selection and editing process, I try to translate the atmosphere of those works and that time into contemporary images. My monochrome and color usage, compositions, shapes & structures, techniques, use of materials as well as subject matters are strongly influenced by my renowned examples from the past. Like Willem Witsen I seek for a synthesis of …

Photo Story Dutch National Portrait Gallery & RKD

Work from my series Songs for Soprano has been showcased at FotoFestival Naarden 2019. Together with the RKD-Netherlands Institute for Art History, Dutch National Portrait Gallery created a Photo Story about my series dedicated to 19th century soprano Anna Witsen. This Photo Story was part of the exhibition at Bastion Oranje in Naarden-Vesting so you might have seen it there. If not, view the multimedia story here (best on tablet or desktop). Check if the audio is on and then navigate through the story at your own pace.

MAKING PORTRAITS @ LOWLANDS

For Dutch National Portrait Gallery / Rabobank former Rabo Photographic Portrait Prize winners were asked to shoot portraits in the special daylight studio at Lowlands festival. Sunday was my turn. Never before I was at Lowlands and never before I had so many people in such a short time front of my camera. I had the handsomest assistent of all with me and even that didn’t distract me as I had to shoot 100 portraits in 3 hours. All in all it was a wonderful experience and it was awesome to see my friends at the festival. Even caught a …

Book launch ‘De zin van het leven’

Volkskrant journalist Fokke Obbema, after barely surviving a cardiac arrest in 2017, asked existential questions: what is the purpose of life, what is the essence of existence and what does it mean to be human? In a series of critically acclaimed interviews, he discussed this with people from very different professions and backgrounds. In ‘De zin van het leven. Gesprekken over de essentie van ons bestaan’ (translation: The meaning of life. Conversations about the essence of our existence) of publisher Atlas Contact, Obbema bundles these conversations. The accompanying portraits were made by me. The result is a book full of …

Shooting portraits at Lowlands 2019

Are you at Lowlands this weekend? Then have your portrait taken by me or one of the other portrait photographers in the daylight studio of Dutch National Portrait Gallery. Every day between 2 and 5 p.m. one of the winners of the Rabo Photographic Portrait Prize is at work here. You can find us in the What’s Happening area, between the Lima and the Heineken podium. Friday Sander Troelstra winner 2015Saturday Sarah Mei Herman 2018 winnerSunday Jitske Schols winner 2016 Check the Dutch National Portrait Gallery’s Instagram and Facebook page to find your portrait.

Christianne Stotijn in Volkskrant today

Media: VolkskrantPublication date: Tuesday, July 1About: After a cardiac arrest, which caused him to float between life and death, journalist Fokke Obbema goes in search of answers to that ancient question in the series Zin van het leven: what is the meaning of our life? In this episode Fokke interviews soprano Christianne Stotijn. Interview: Fokke ObbemaPhotography of this series: Jitske Schols MORE TO SEE ⬤ Read the article online (in Dutch) 》

Songs of soprano today in Het Parool

Media: Daily newspaper Het ParoolPublication date: Saturday, June 15About: My series Songs for soprano about the life and times of Anna Witsen at FotoFestival NaardenPhotography of this series: Jitske Schols TICKETS ⬤ Fotofestival Naarden 》

Being at photo basel

My precious ‘Sora in Black’ is watching over the exhibition floor of photo basel these days. You will find her at booth 23 of the ever so wonderful Galerie Caroline O’Breen. Het sizes measure 120 by 80 cm and she is available in limited editions. She won the Dutch National Portrait Prize for being the most beautiful. Go and see my intriguing ‘Sora in Black’ by yourselves! WHAT. photo basel is Switzerland’s first and only international art fair dedicated to photography based art. WHEN. June 11-16, 2019 Tue-Sun from 12h – 20h During Art Basel week 2019. reserve your tickets …

Ashis Mathura in Volkskrant today

Media: VolkskrantPublication date: Tuesday, June 11About: After a cardiac arrest, which caused him to float between life and death, journalist Fokke Obbema goes in search of answers to that ancient question in the series Zin van het leven: what is the meaning of our life? In this episode Fokke interviews IT specialist and Hindu priest Ashis Mathura. Interview: Fokke ObbemaPhotography of this series: Jitske Schols MORE TO SEE ⬤ Read the article online (in Dutch) 》

Ivan Wolffers in Volkskrant

Media: VolkskrantPublication date: Monday, May 27About: After a cardiac arrest, which caused him to float between life and death, journalist Fokke Obbema goes in search of answers to that ancient question in the series Zin van het leven: what is the meaning of our life? In this episode Fokke Obbema interviews doctor and writer Ivan Wolffers who is fascinated by the theme of survival. How is it possible that people can survive in almost all circumstances?, Fokke Obbema wants to know from him.Interview: Fokke ObbemaPhotography of this series: Jitske Schols MORE TO SEE ⬤ Read the article online (in Dutch) 》

Fotofestival Naarden approaching

Three more days to go… this Saturday FotoFestival Naarden kicks off! Very very exciting, with so much to see and experience. My own series of course, but also the interesting work of so many other inspiring photographers. The 16th edition of FotoFestival Naarden will take place from Saturday, May 25th to Sunday, June 30th, 2019 and is themed ‘Dutch Masters & Marvelous Misfits’. It tells the stories of people and their landscapes, the latter in the sense of sceneries and thoughts. It tells the tales of our best and worst moments, from self-loathing to self-love, from rebellion to naivety, and …

Weekly featured artwork: Piccolo 3

Title: Piccolo IIITechnique: toyobo etching plateFinish: frame, museum glassEdition: 6/10 + 2 APSize: etching plate A5, framework +/- 14,8 x 21 cmPrize: €625,= incl. BTWMaker: Jitske Schols (etching by Eric Levert)Available at: Galerie Caroline O’Breen (or contact me and I will get you in contact with Caroline) MORE DETAILS ⬤ Piccolo III product page 》

Etchica Voorn about the meaning of life

Media: VolkskrantPublication date: Monday, May 20About: After a cardiac arrest, which caused him to float between life and death, journalist Fokke Obbema goes in search of answers to that ancient question in the series Zin van het leven: what is the meaning of our life? In this episode Fokke Obbema interviews talent coach and author Etchica Voorn. The blood of two cultures flows through her veins. Double blood, she calls it. It enriches her life, she tells Fokke Obbema, but that did not happen automatically.Interview: Fokke ObbemaPhotography of this series: Jitske Schols MORE TO SEE ⬤ Read the article online (in Dutch) 》

Sharon Dijksma in Het Parool

Media: Het ParoolPublication date: Saturday, May 18About: Barely a year after councillor Sharon Dijksma (PvdA) started working in Amsterdam, she leaves her mark on the city apparently effortlessly. “Dijksma is a silent bulldozer.”Text: Ruben KoopsPhotography: Jitske Schols MORE TO SEE ⬤ Read the article online (in Dutch) 》

Friar Bernardus in the meaning of life

Media: VolkskrantPublication date: Monday, May 13About: After a cardiac arrest, which caused him to float between life and death, journalist Fokke Obbema goes in search of answers to that ancient question in the series Zin van het leven: what is the meaning of our existence? In this episode Fokke Obbema interviews friar Bernardus, abbot of monastry Koningshoeven (Berkel-Enschot): “You can not proof God. He just is or is not.”Interview: Fokke ObbemaPhotography of this series: Jitske Schols MORE TO SEE ⬤ Read the article online (in Dutch) 》

Weekly featured artwork: Ayla gazing

Title: Ayla gazingTechnique: toyobo etching, chine colléFinish: nutwood frame, museum glassEditions: edition 5 + 2 AP per size (2 sizes)Size: etch A5, framework 40 x 33 cm and etch A4, framework 57 x 47 cmMaker: Jitske Schols (etching by Eric Levert)Available at: Galerie Caroline O’Breen (or contact me and I will get you in contact with Caroline) MORE DETAILS ⬤ Ayla gazing product page 》

Henk Blanken on cover Villamedia

Media: VillamediaPublication date: May 2019About: Henk Blanken in Villamedia, magazine about journalism: “You do not just become correspondent ‘death and deterioration’”Photography: Jitske Schols MORE TO SEE ⬤ Visit Villamedia 》

New news

A new newsletter with current projects, events and exhibitions. Wanna subscribe and receive your own copy of my newsletter in your mailbox next time? READ MY NEWEST NEWSLETTER ⬤ Newsletter spring edition 》

FotoFestival Naarden

“I can not sing when I am not feeling happy, that is very different when painting or perhaps exactly the same.” In Songs for soprano, a photo essay on the life and times of Anna Witsen, Jitske Schols makes an imaginary journey back to the 19th century and visits the estate of Ewijckshoeve in Lage Vuursche where Schols grew up. She enjoyed a happy and peaceful youth surrounded by nature, not being aware that this place formed the backdrop for a tragedy a century earlier. In search for Anna Witsen, sister of painter, etcher, photographer Willem Witsen ‘Songs for soprano’ …

Hidden figures

For all the strong women in my life and beyond. For my mother who raised us, worked fulltime and often stood alone. For my grandmother who taught me to be lighthearted and cheerful despite a hard working life. For my great-grandmother who was awarded for her help given in WOII, actually for all unidentified, unseen and unlisted great women in history that paved our ways in a male dominated world. And for my daughter to get inspired by these heroic women. VIEW THE SERIES ⬤ Series Hidden Figures 》

Otto Nan starts cooking school in Uruguay

Media: Het Parool.Publication date: Tuesday March 8, 2019About: Otto Nan, co-founder of the Lloyd Hotel in Amsterdam, sets up a cooking school with hotel in Uruguay, together with Argentinian chef Francis Mallmann.Text: Sara Luijters Photography: Jitske Schols MORE TO SEE ⬤ Read the article online 》

Nomination De Tegel for Fokke Obbema

Fokke Obbema has been nominated for ‘De Tegel’ award in the category ‘interview’ with his interview series about the meaning of life. De Tegel is a recognition and tribute to journalists who have contributed to maintaining and improving the quality of Dutch-language journalistic news, reporting, background, research, interview and camera productions. I am very proud to work together with him on this beautiful series on Mondays in De Volkskrant. Media play an increasingly important role in society. That is why the quality and social significance of media in general and journalism in particular deserve special attention. For that reason, since …

Portraits for De Kunstmeisjes

In their first book De Kunstmeisjes will share their art stories. You still need a little patience, because the book will be launched in August by publisher Meulenhoff and will be for sale in a bookstore near you. I had the honor to shoot the cover portraits of these interesting young ladies. ⁣⁣

FotoFestival Naarden 2019, ‘Dutch Masters & Marvelous Misfits’

The 16th edition of FotoFestival Naarden will take place from Saturday, May 25th to Sunday, June 30th, 2019 and I will be participating! A dream come true. My mother used to live in Naarden and we would always visit the exhibition, long before I became a photographer myself. Curators this year are photographer Koos Breukel and photo historian and author Hedy van Erp. This years edition’s theme is ‘Dutch Masters & Marvelous Misfits’ and it has been made with the intention to praise and include the misfit. The misfits presented at the FotoFestival are greater masters than they are given …

Peter Buwalda, Otmars zonen

Media: Het Parool.Publication date: Tuesday March 5, 2019About: New novel ‘Otmars zonen’ by Dutch author Peter BuwaldaText: Maarten Moll Photography: Jitske Schols MORE TO SEE ⬤ Read the article online 》

Today in De Volkskrant: Clemantine Wamariya

Media: VolkskrantPublication date: Saturday, January 26About: The Rwandan-American writer Clemantine Wamariya escaped the genocide in her homeland and now fights against hatred and division. Last year she wrote the baffling book ‘The Girl Who Smiled Beads’ about her life – now translated into Dutch as ‘Het meisje dat kralen kon lachen’.Photography: Jitske Schols MORE TO SEE ⬤ Read the article online 》

Today in De Volkskrant: Fokke Obbema interviews Henk Blanken about the meaning of life

Media: VolkskrantPublication date: Monday, January 14About: After a cardiac arrest, which caused him to float between life and death, journalist Fokke Obbema goes in search of answers to that ancient question in the series Zin van het leven: what is the meaning of our existence? In this episode Fokke Obbema interviews writer and former journalist Henk Blanken. He has Parkinson. About ‘the beauty of decay’ he writes stories that are praised internationally. The answer to the meaning of his life is to others, he says to Fokke Obbema.Photography of this series: Jitske Schols MORE TO SEE ⬤ Read all the articles …

Songs for soprano

It was 1889 when Herman Gorter wrote his magnificent poem ‘In den zwarten nacht is een mensch aangetreden’. It was written in response of the death of the young lady Anna Witsen. The general public was not aware of that fact, but her brother Willem Witsen knew it though, for Gorter donated him the handwritten poem clearly indicating the reason. Exactly 100 years later this story came to me for the first time. Rein van der Wiel’s book ‘Ewijkshoeve, tuin van tachtig’ was launched and I read it cover to cover. I realized that the family estate where I grew …

Special Christmas edition Volkskrant

For tablet readers Volkskrant publishes special tablet editions these Christmas days, with stories you might have missed before and a few new extras. You’ll need to download the tablet app for it, but then you will be rewarded. Today, on Boxing Day, the tablet edition is filled with reflections that fits the end of the year: a collection of all stories of Fokke Obbema’s popular interview series about the meaning of life. Supplemented with a selection of readers’ reactions, an interview with the photographer of the project, Jitske Schols, and an interim review of Fokke himself after three months interviewing: ‘I …

Today in De Volkskrant: Fokke Obbema interviews Gerard Bodifee about the meaning of life

Media: VolkskrantPublication date: Monday, December 24About: After a cardiac arrest, which caused him to float between life and death, journalist Fokke Obbema goes in search of answers to that ancient question in the series Zin van het leven: what is the meaning of our existence? In this episode Fokke Obbema interviews Gerard Bodifee, astrophysicist and philosopher, and he tells him that the ethical awareness of people grows’Photography of this series: Jitske Schols MORE TO SEE ⬤ Read all the articles online 》

Takeover Haute Photographie

As of tomorrow I will takeover the instagram account of @hautephotographie, so make sure to follow me there! Also I will be attending their nice boutique photography fair in February, represented by @galeriecarolineobreen. Will I see you there as well?

Fokke Obbema & my portraits at DWDD

Proud to make all portraits for Fokke Obbema’s series about the meaning of our existence every Monday in De Volkskrant and tonight on tv at De Wereld Draait Door – See them floating on the background 🖤

Today in De Volkskrant: Fokke Obbema interviews Funda Müjde about the meaning of life

Media: VolkskrantPublication date: Monday, December 3About: After a cardiac arrest, which caused him to float between life and death, journalist Fokke Obbema goes in search of answers to that ancient question in the series Zin van het leven: what is the meaning of our existence? In this episode Fokke Obbema interviews Funda Müjde, actress, and she tells him that being grateful is her best medicine against depression’Photography of this series: Jitske Schols MORE TO SEE ⬤ Read all the articles online 》

Photography auction for War Child

EYE for all organizes its annual photo auction for charity. This year the gainings will go to War Child and in particular to the Safe Spaces project. In a Safe Space children from war zones can play and receive education; it is literally a safe place where they can be child again. Please note 16 November in your diary if you want to bid on a special collection of photos of famous photographers. The photo auction takes place on Catawiki. Participating photographers include Micky Hoogendijk, Kadir van Lohuizen, Brooks Kraft, Corbino, Eddy van Wessel, Marco Borsato, many others et moi. I …

TODAY IN DE VOLKSKRANT: FOKKE OBBEMA INTERVIEWS JOLANDE WITHUIS ABOUT THE MEANING OF LIFE

Media: VolkskrantPublication date: Monday, November 12About: After a cardiac arrest, which caused him to float between life and death, journalist Fokke Obbema goes in search of answers to that ancient question in the series Zin van het leven: what is the meaning of our existence? In this episode Fokke Obbema interviews Jolande Withuis, sociologist. “Life does not make any sense. That gives endless opportunities.”Photography of this series: Jitske Schols MORE TO SEE ⬤ Read all the articles online 》

Today in de Volkskrant: Fokke Obbema interviews Claartje Kruijff about the meaning of life

Media: Volkskrant Publication date: Monday, October 15 About: After a cardiac arrest, which caused him to float between life and death, journalist Fokke Obbema goes in search of answers to that ancient question in the series Zin van het leven: what is the meaning of our existence? In this episode Fokke Obbema interviews Claartje Kruijff, preacher. “In our time the emphasis is on autonomy and self-reliance. But I don’t think that is the essence of life.” Photography of this series: Jitske Schols MORE TO SEE ⬤ Read all the articles online 》

Reveiling some backgrounds

Often people ask me about the background of my photography, the style of my images and the deeper meaning of it all. Why is it the way it is? Well, I will lift a corner of the veil for you. I would say my work is strongly influenced by impressionism, naturalism and the Dutch Tachtigers movement. This last group was a gathering of young artists who proclaimed the principle of l’art pour l’art, so art for art’s sake. The group influenced Dutch artistic and political life during the 1890s. More specifically my work is inspired by the work of painter/etcher/photographer Willem …

TODAY IN DE VOLKSKRANT: FOKKE OBBEMA INTERVIEWS A.L. SNIJDERS ABOUT THE MEANING OF LIFE

Media: Volkskrant Publication date: Monday, October 8 About: After a cardiac arrest, which caused him to float between life and death, journalist Fokke Obbema goes in search of answers to that ancient question in the series Zin van het leven: what is the meaning of our existence? In this episode Fokke Obbema interviews A.L. Snijders, writer of Very Short Stories. “Life is absolutely meaningless, I’m sure of that.” Photography of this series: Jitske Schols MORE TO SEE ⬤ Read all the articles online 》

‘Boon’ in store magazine Albert Heijn

Media: ‘boon’ (now available in your local Albert Heijn store) Publication date: October, 2018 About: For in store magazine ‘boon’ of Albert Heijn I portrayed Roy Nanhekhan, founder of the heritage centre of Douwe Egberts Creative director: Ico van Rheenen Art director: Patrick Keeler Photography of this series: Jitske Schols

TODAY IN DE VOLKSKRANT: FOKKE OBBEMA INTERVIEWS SANNEKE DE HAAN ABOUT THE MEANING OF LIFE

Media: Volkskrant Publication date: Monday, October 1 About: After a cardiac arrest, which caused him to float between life and death, journalist Fokke Obbema goes in search of answers to that ancient question in the series Zin van het leven: what is the meaning of our existence? In this episode Fokke Obbema interviews Sanneke de Haan, philosopher. But she can not answer his question. “The question is not right, it is misleading.” But how can life then be interpreted, Fokke Obbema wants to know from her. Photography of this series: Jitske Schols MORE TO SEE ⬤ Read all the article online 》

Today in de Volkskrant: Fokke Obbema interviews Jan Geurtz about the meaning of life

Media: Volkskrant Publication date: Monday September 24 About: After a cardiac arrest, which caused him to float between life and death, journalist Fokke Obbema goes in search of answers to that ancient question in the series Zin van het leven: what are we on earth? In this first episode Fokke Obbema interview Jan Geurtz, expert in Tibetan Buddhism. “Where is the ‘me’? In the body? In the mind? Is it an emotion?” Photography of this series: Jitske Schols MORE TO SEE ⬤ Read the article online 》

Fokke Obbema in Volkskrant about the meaning of life

Media: Volkskrant | Zaterdag Publication date: Saturday September 22nd, 2018 About: Journalist Fokke Obbema who last year suddenly died for a moment and who is looking for the meaning of life now Photography of this series: Jitske Schols MORE TO SEE ⬤ Read the article online 》    

Nelleke Noordervliet in Zin Magazine

Media: Zin magazine Publication date: September, 2018 About: Nelleke Noordervliet wrote the essay ‘Door met de strijd’ which will be available in your local (Dutch) bookstore by October. Noordervliet was asked to write the essay for the annual ‘Month of History’ which is the largest history event in the Netherlands, themed ‘Rebellion’ this year. Photography: Jitske Schols MORE TO SEE ⬤ Website Maand van de Geschiedenis (Dutch only) 》

Exhibition MS Oranje | Changing course in Het Scheepvaartmuseum (The National Maritime Museum) open

Yesterday, on 8 September 2018, Het Scheepvaartmuseum (The National Maritime Museum) opened the doors to its new exhibition MS Oranje | Changing course, putting the spotlight on the passenger ship Oranje. Today, eighty years after it was launched on 8 September 1938, this iconic ship with an eventful history still inspires awe. The Oranje has a fascinating story, having taken on various roles and guises during its lifetime. It was originally built as a luxurious passenger liner in the late 1930s, sailing between the Dutch East Indies and the Netherlands. It later served as a hospital ship during the Second …

Frans van Gelderen in Het Parool

Media: Het Parool Publication date: August 6, 2018 About: Police officer Frans van Gelderen gives a glimpse into his time as an infiltrator in the underworld. Van Gelderen sadly recently died. RIP dear Frans. Photography: Jitske Schols MORE TO SEE ⬤ Read the article (in Dutch) 》

HOP! in store magazine of Albert Heijn

Media: HOP! Publication date: July, 2018 About: For in store magazine HOP! of Albert Heijn I portrayed 10 master brewers of special beers in Holland and Belgium Creative director: Ico van Rheenen Art director: Patrick Keeler Photography of this series: Jitske Schols MORE TO SEE ⬤ View all 10 portraits of Master Brewers 》

Mr. Leon

Commissioned by: Anna Who: Leon What: Birthday present Photography: Jitske Schols

While walking…

I wouldn’t be a photographer now if I never started walking around with a camera. ‘While walking’ is an ongoing series of photo’s taken by me while walking, in this case in Napoli… MORE TO SEE ⬤ See the series #Napoli 》  

Abdest at Mavi Cami, throw back time

Where: Istanbul, Mavi Cami (Blue Mosque) What: Abdest or wudu is the Islamic procedure for washing parts of the body, a type of ritual purification. It involves washing the hands, mouth, nostrils, arms, head and feet with water and is an important part of ritual purity in Islam. When: July 2010: throw back time!

Management of The National Maritime Museum

Assigned by: The National Maritime Museum (Het Scheepvaartmuseum) Who: Vera Carasso and Michael Huijser, management of The National Maritime Museum What: The National Maritime Museum shows how our culture has been shaped by the sea. Stimulating, interactive exhibitions allow visitors to explore 500 years of maritime history. Photography: Jitske Schols

Pesante I

But who was Anna Witsen?

Let me share with you a story… It was March 5, 1889, and singer Anna Witsen, sister of the Dutch painter Willem Witsen, put an end to her life by drowning in the pond on the estate of Ewijckshoeve in Lage Vuursche, The Netherlands. This is the estate where I grew up. It is the place where my memories were born and where my first footprints were placed. Who was this young lady who drowned herself in the lake where we used to row carefree in an old boat made of zinc? In the 1880s Ewijckshoeve was the country residence …

Purity

Duo exhibition Maarten van Schaik and Jitske Schols at Galerie Caroline O’Breen

From June 7 until July 22, Galerie Caroline O’Breen presents a duo exhibition by Maarten van Schaik and Jitske Schols. For both artists, the concept of memory and intuition plays an important role in their artistic expressions. ARTISTS Maarten van Schaik plays with the idea of anonymity and abandonment in his series Anonymous Contacts. His work is about intuition and alienation, but also about surrender. In the series Songs for Soprano, Jitske Schols tries to capture a certain feeling of duality she experience when reflecting on her past. She went back to the place she grew up and had a …

This weekend in Volkskrant: Sigrid Kaag, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation

Media: Sigrid Kaag in Volkskrant Publication date: May 19, 2018 About: Sigrid Kaag as a top diplomat, traveled for a quarter of a century along various locations such as New York, Geneva, Beirut, Damascus and Jerusalem. Now she is back in The Netherlands as Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation.  Text: Frank Hendrickx en Natalie Righton Photography: Jitske Schols MORE TO SEE ⬤ Read the interview online 》 ⬤ More Sigrid Kaag 》

This weekend in AD Magazine: Thierry Baudet

Media: AD Magazine Publication date: May 19, 2018 About: Ever since Thierry Baudet (35) entered politics, he is a source of controversy. That will be no different after his new novel, which he himself describes as ‘very successful’. A spicy interview with Thierry Baudet. Text: Eefje Oomen Photography: Jitske Schols ⬤ More in AD Magazine 》 ⬤ More Thierry Baudet 》  

Today in Het Parool: Mano Bouzamour

Media: Het Parool Publication date: May 1, 2018 About: In Bestsellerboy, the second book by Mano Bouzamour (27), the protagonist lost contact with his parents after the publication of his debut novel. As happened to himself. “I had to stare at my fears.” Text: Marjolijn de Cocq Photography: Jitske Schols ⬤ Read the article 》

This weekend in Het Parool: Nicci French

Media: Het Parool Publication date: April 21, 2018 About: With the eighth and final part of their Frieda Small series ‘The day of the dead’, writers’ duo Sean French and Nicci Gerrard say goodbye to the quirky protagonist who has controlled the ten past years of their lives. Text: Marjolijn de Cocq Photography: Jitske Schols

Wordt Vervolgd columnists photographed for Amnesty International

Media: Wordt Vervolgd, Amnesty International Publication date: April, 2018 About: The April issue is entirely dedicated to the 50th anniversary of Amnesty Netherlands. For this restyled magazine I portrayed it’s columnists Arnon Grunberg, Eduard Nazarski (director Amnesty International), Arend Hulshof (chief editor), Linda Polman and more ⬤ To Wordt Vervolgd 》

Month of History with Nelleke Noordervliet

Organization: CPNB Publication date: March, 2018 About: The Month of History is the largest history event of the Netherlands. Together with hundreds of cultural, touristic, literary and media organizations CPNB brings history under the attention of millions of Dutch people. This year Dutch author Nelleke Noordervliet writes the corresponding essay with the current theme ‘revolution’ Photography: Jitske Schols ⬤ To the website of CPNB 》

Frits Bolkestein in Volkskrant

Media: Volkskrant | Zaterdag Publication date: March 17, 2018 About: Frits Bolkestein, his political life and his legacy for the Netherlands Article by: Frénk Van Der Linden, Pieter Webeling Photography: Jitske Schols ⬤ More Frits Bolkestein 》 ⬤ Read the article (in Dutch) 》

New webshop online

It took me the whole night, but now I have an official webshop online. The offered artworks are available in several sizes and finishes. Limited and open editions. You can pay via iDeal or bank transfer. The coming time I will finetune it and expand it with more work. Why not consider to give your love art for a special occasion. It will be for your own benefit too ;-)! Anyway, have a look and do not hesitate to share my brand new webshop with the world.  ⬤ Visit my webshop 》

Two Awards of Excellence for newspaper Het Parool

Also this year Dutch newspaper Het Parool received a nomination for World’s Best Design Newspaper, a prize that is awarded annually by the American Society for News Design foundation. In addition to that, Het Parool has already won two Awards of Excellence in the category ‘lifestyle cover story’. So proud that one of them is for a PS entry with portraits of Jan Cremer by me! ⬤ More about this online 》

This weekend in Het Parool: Noraly Beyer

Media: Het Parool Publication date: March 3, 2018 About: Former newsreader Noraly Beyer fulfills the role of the narrator during The Passion in ‘her’ Bijlmer this year. “The story of this neighborhood is similar to that of Jesus: both have risen from the dead.” Text: Roelf Jan Duin Photography: Jitske Schols ⬤ Read the article online 》

This weekend in AD Magazine: Single mums by choice

Media: Algemeen Dagblad | AD Magazine Publication date: March 3, 2018 About: Not every woman finds a man in time to have babies. And not every woman wants a man. Every year, more than two thousand brave singles choose to become mothers on their own. Text: Florien van Rees Interviews: Sanne van der Kolk Photography: Jitske Schols ⬤ The whole portrait series 》 ⬤ Read the article online 》

THIS WEEKEND IN AD MAGAZINE: AUTHOR GRIET OP DE BEECK

Media: Algemeen Dagblad | AD Magazine Publication date: March 3, 2018 About: The Flemish Griet Op de Beeck (44), author of four bestsellers is writer of this year’s ‘Boekenweekgeschenk’ Text: Cathérine van der Linden Photography: Jitske Schols ⬤ Read the article online (in Dutch) 》 ⬤ More Griet Op de Beeck 》

Featured in Kiekie Magazine

Very proud to be featured in Kiekie Magazine no. 21. In this issue you can also read an interview with portrait photographer Koos Breukel. Maxime Cardol takes you to Berlin, you’ll find an Instax diary of Berivan Cemal, and lots more. Please find your copy at Tommy’z Toko, Pakhuis de Zwijger, white label coffee, WORM Rotterdam, Fotoacademie and of course Fotolab Kiekie. To top this all off, some of my portraits are being exposed in Kiekie’s shop windows at this very moment. A big thank you to the best photolab in town!  ⬤ Look at those shop windows 》 ⬤ Receive your copy of …

Average or not, singer-songwriter VanWyck in todays daily Het Parool

Media: Het Parool Publication date: February 16, 2018 About: Singer-songwriter VanWyck about her first solo album which was released on January 19th, 2018. She’s accompanied on the album by the award-winning bass player and arranger Reyer Zwart, and singer Marjolein van der Klauw, whose silvery voice is the perfect counterbalance to VanWyck’s own darker tones. An Average Woman is about women who are visible and hidden, sacrificing and selfish, ordinary and magical, obligated and free. It’s about the mysteries lurking in the everyday. It’s about creating your own universe and your own sense of belonging – and stumbling along the way. In this debut album, VanWyck explores the …

Second prize at Zilveren Camera Awards 2017

So very in my nopjes! My portrait of Dutch rapper Ronnie Flex was chosen second best in the category ‘People in the news’ at the Zilveren Camera Awards the other night. It was my first shot at these awards and I’m very proud of the result, especially when considering that almost 11.000 photos have been submitted by 595 photographers. Very special to be part of this event! ⬤ Go to Zilveren Camera 》

Winners MBO Stage Awards 2017

Only winners at the presentation of the MBO Stage Awards 2017 in Amsterdam Noord! Best MBO internship teacher: Marjorie Fernald (ROC TOP). Best MBO internship company: NH Hotel Noord. Best MBO trainee: Karina Fattah (ROCvA). All nominees and winners: Congratulations! Portraits by: Jitske Schols Commissioned by: Amsterdam, stadsdeel Noord

MBO Stage Awards 2017

Commissioned by: Gemeente Amsterdam, stadsdeel Noord What: Portraits of nominees MBO Stage Awards 2017, Amsterdam Noord ⬤ Check it by yourself! 》

Prints in limited editions

This large size baby is on her way to her new owners. I’m sure they will take good care of her and she will do her best to please them. Also interested in buying a piece of art in limited editions? Please feel welcome in my online gallery. ⬤ Visit online gallery 》

Nominee Zilveren Camera

Whoop-whoop! I just heard that my portrait of rapper Ronnie Flex which I made on assignment for Het Parool | PS van de Week has been nominated for the Zilveren Camera in the section ‘People in the News’ <3 ⬤ Check it by yourself! 》

Opening expo SPROUT! in Engelbewaarder a huge succes

Guys, how I enjoyed the very first opening of my very first exhibition yesterday! So many people did attend the evening, it was so much fun! Unfortunately I have not been able to chat with everyone, but I am really overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of you all. In the consternation I totally forgot to take pictures of this for me so very special moment. A big shout out and thank you for photographer Chris de Bode for asking me to exhibit and for organizing this event! And thank you so much Café De Engelbewaarder to sponsor these photo exhibitions already for …

TV maker Ruben Terlou in Het Parool | PS van de Week

Media: Het Parool | PS van de Week Publication date: January 13, 2018 About: Trained as a doctor, Ruben Terlou (32) chose a career as TV maker. From Sunday he is back with a new series about China. ‘When I was young and at school, I always wanted to leave – preferably far away. To disappear. That can be done very well in China. ‘ Article by: Joep School Photography: Jitske Schols ⬤ More Ruben Terlou 》 ⬤ Read the article (in Dutch) 》    

Sprout! exhibition in De Engelbewaarder

Jitske Schols makes editorial, commercial and fine art portraits, mostly – but not exclusively – in black and white. Many of her photographs are rich in contrast, which makes the images appear as penetrating, while the portraits by Jitske are often photographed at a serene or vulnerable moment. Her photography also shows the often playful interaction that can arise between the model and the photographer. The photos seem to refer to the black and white portraits of yesteryear. She prefers to work in a small and intimate setting in which she gets to know the people she is photographing for …

Artist Rob de Nijs in Het Parool | PS van de Week

Media: Het Parool Publication date: December 23, 2017 About: In the 70s and 80s Rob de Nijs was Holland’s most popular singer. On Boxing Day he will turn 75, but with a young child and a new album he gets through aging smoothly. Article by: Peter van Brummelen Photography: Jitske Schols ⬤ More Rob de Nijs 》

Radio interview. With me!

Who would have thought that I would be invited for my favorite radio show Kunststof? Not me! But yesterday I was. And although I was very nervous, I didn’t make the bloopers I was afraid for. Maybe I should work on limiting my ‘…eh’s…’, but hey… that’s me! So, eh…., for anyone who’d like to listen: ⬤ Listen to Radio Kunststof (Dutch) 》

WINNER DUTCH PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2016

So so sóóó very excited that my portrait ‘Sora in Black’ has been chosen as best Dutch photographic portrait of 2016 out of 500 submissions! From the jury report: “Jitske Schols has built up an impressive body of work in a short time, and received international recognition for that. She has developed her own signature in her portraits. The winning portrait comes from a series that Schols made about children who have a Dutch parent and a parent with a foreign nationality. Sora is a half-Dutch, half-Moluccan girl. Because her face is the only part that reflects the light, the …

Vlielandscapes

I think it was my first holiday ever that I can remember: the sweet times on lovely island Vlieland. I must have been a toddler. Many visits followed. I love the peace on the island, the wide beaches and beautiful views, the fresh air, the dunes and even more the forest. Last spring I photographed the island and exhibited my photo’s -together with paintings of Ellen Davidzon– at gallery Vlieland Maritiem Art.   Today I’ve read in Leeuwarder Courant that there was a meeting earlier this week. The islanders discussed about the future of their island since the growth of tourism on Vlieland continues …

Fired official Saadia Ait-Taleb in today’s newspaper Het Parool

Media: Het Parool Publication date: December 9, 2017 About: What went wrong between the dismissed anti-radicalization official Saadia Ait-Taleb (34) and the municipality of Amsterdam. ‘There is a lot of discomfort about Muslims and Moroccans at the town hall.’ ⬤ Read article by Marcel Wiegman 》

Shortlisted for Dutch Photographic Portrait Prize 2016

I’m so very excited to announce that my portrait ‘Sora in Black’ is shortlisted for the Dutch Photographic Portrait Prize 2016! Out of 500 submissions, the jury chose a shortlist of five portraits made by: Blommers/Schumm, Robin de Puy, Frank Ruiter, Cigdem Yüksel and Jitske Schols (\o/).  The winner will be announced on December 19th. The Dutch Photographic Portrait Prize was established in 2010. The prize is awarded to a photographer with a consistent oeuvre who according to the jury has made the best portrait in a given year. Previous winners include Sander Troelstra, Annaleen Louwes, Robin de Puy and Stephan …

Photoshoot with artist Wende Snijders

Yesss, I just booked a couple of tickets to see Wende Snijders’ new show ‘Mens’ in May 2018 in Amsterdam Carré together with my love. Also very happy that she asked me to portray her. And that just was a whole lot of fun (although you cannot really see that on this portrait). Click the link below for a selection of photos. These images and more are available via LUMEN Photo. Like to also book tickets for this wonderful artist’s show? Visite her site & book. See you there! ⬤ More of Wende 》 ⬤ Website Wende Snijders 》

Nadine Bongaerts in Magazine Future: “No man is as smart as nature”

Nadine Bongaerts is an inspiring synthetic biologist and on the cover of the first ‘Get into Future Magazine’ by TMG, Financiele Telegraaf and SingularityU about nanotech, synthetic biology, fintech, healthtech, blockchain and startups. Nadine herself is passionate about designing life through genetic engineering. She received her Bachelor and Master Degree in Life Science & Technology from Delft University of Technology and Leiden University and is currently pursuing her PhD at French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM) in Paris where she works on the development of a novel drug screening platform with engineered bacteria for the accelerated discovery …