Linelle Deunk (NL, 1967)
Linelle Deunk has the gift of capturing children as individuals, exuding a strong sense of self. Her subjects remain a mystery to the viewer; how do the children feel, what are their thoughts? While many of her photographs are made in the Dutch countryside, one wouldn’t recognize them as such, with Deunk transforming into a dreamlike landscape. The strength of Deunk’s work comes from the intimacy she creates between her subject and the viewer; often the model is looking at you directly, with an unwavering yet vulnerable intensity. They grab your attention and remain with you.
Deunk started her photography career with her own children, yearning to capture them before they made the transition into adolescence and losing some of their youthful innocence. After studying at the Fotografie Academie Amsterdam, Deunk exhibited her work at Noorderlicht and Naarden Fotofestival, as well as the photography museums of Rotterdam and The Hague. In 2011 Deunk won the Zilveren Camera Award and the third prize overall in the Photo Academy Award. Her work is featured regularly in national newspapers and magazines.