Dijkstra, an internationally acclaimed artist who has shown her photographic por traits at the Venice Biennale and the Museum of Modern Art, isn’t often persuaded to take off on location for an editorial assignment. But she made the rare exception this month for W when she traveled to Düsseldorf, Germany, from her hometown of Amsterdam to photograph fellow artist Thomas Struth at home.
Her reason? “He is one of my favorites,” she says. “I love his photography.” Dijkstra, now 42, first picked up a camera at the age of 20. She is currently at work on a two year project documenting young women in the Israeli army, a commitment that takes her to Tel Aviv once a month. She is also continuing a project she began more than two years ago, trailing a young man from his first day in the French Foreign Legion.
“My interest is human beings,” she says. In the U.S., her work has appeared recently at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and New’&rk’s Marian Goodman Gallery.