Strike a Pose

Rineke Dijkstra makes the awkward sublime

Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York and Paris; Rineke Dijkstra

Amy, the Krazyhouse, Liverpool, England, Dec. 23, 2008

Even before everybody had a digital camera, it was a universal modern skill to take photographs. But more than that, for a long time it's been a universal skill to be photographed. For several decades now, everybody has known how to put on their game face and wait for the click. The Dutch photographer Rineke Dijkstra has become famous by taking that as her point of departure, then wondering what happens when we can't hold the pose. The answer: a moment of truth. One thing you learn at the new Dijkstra retrospective, currently at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art...

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