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 a short moment and a relaxed atmosphere arises in which the model can surrender to the photographer with her camera.
After a 20-year career in communication, Jitske suddenly received a camera in 2013. That became a total game changer. The camera did not let her go, she stopped her job and became a freelance photographer. Since then, her career has been gaining momentum and she recently won the Dutch Photographic Portrait Prize.
As from January 17 SPROUT!, an overview of the work she made in the first three years of her career as a portrait photographer will be exhibited in Café De Engelbewaarder, Kloveniersburgwal 59 in Amsterdam. Please feel welcome to attent the opening on January 17 at 6 pm (view invitation in Dutch). The exhibition can be viewed at least until February 27, 2018.