Photographer Rineke Dijkstra receives Johannes Vermeer Award

Rineke Dijkstra is the winner of the Johannes Vermeer Award 2020. She is “the king of Dutch portraiture”, says the jury about the 61-year-old photographer.

The winner of the annual state prize for the arts receives 100,000 euros. That amount may be spent on a special project within her or his field of work.


According to the jury, Dijkstra has made an iconic contribution to photography. Her portraits and film installations are “unique in the world” and contribute to the international prestige of Dutch art. In 2017 she was the first woman to win the international Hasselblad Award for her oeuvre.

The photographer made her breakthrough worldwide with her project Beach Portraits in the 90s, photographs of adolescents on the beach. “The vulnerability of these young adults, aware of their appearance or not, and the intimacy that Dijkstra manages to achieve, characterize her entire oeuvre”, concludes the jury.

On 29 October Dijkstra will receive the prize in the Ridderzaal.