Renate Beense | 1975 | Amsterdam

I am an enthusiastic, social, chaotic and spontaneous person full of humour. My images often portray these characteristics. In my photographs I like to tell people's stories, but better still, my vision of their stories. In my photography I'm looking for the balance between tragedy and comedy. Laughing gives one strength, it connects people and it makes difficult subjects accessible. Humour and energy are therefore elements I strive to include as much as possible.

2014 BA Fotoacademie Amsterdam
2010 BA Film and Television Studies, University of Utrecht

expo & awards

2017 expo Guerrilla slideshow during Rencontres d'Arles, july 7th
2016 expo series Gewoon Pa/Just Dad, Volkshotel Amsterdam
2015 expo International Photofestival Leiden, series Allemaal Beestjes, Kunsthuis Leiden
2015 expo 1000 photos Amsterdam, series De Kankerboom, pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam
2015 expo Under the Coke Sign, series Gewoon Pa/Just Dad, SBK Dordrecht
2015 expo Zilveren Camera, series Gewoon Pa/Just Dad, traveling exhibition
2015 winner 3rd prize, series Gewoon Pa/Just Dad, Domestic Documentary, Zilveren Camera 2014, Den Haag
2014 winner 3rd prize, series Gewoon Pa/Just Dad, Selection of dutch Photography (SO2014), Amsterdam
2014 winner International Photofestival Leiden, series Gewoon Pa/Just Dad
2014 expo International Photo Festival Leiden
2014 expo Photoville, series Gewoon Pa/Just Dad, New York
2014 expo 50 Emerging Talents ‘14, galerie Valid Photo, Barcelona
2014 expo 50 Emerging Talents ‘14, Tokyo Photo, Tokyo
2014 expo 50 Emerging Talents ‘14, Festival de la Luz, Buenos Aires
2014 Top 50 Emerging Talents, series Gewoon Pa/Just Dad, LensCulture Magazine
2014 expo ‘LOADED’, eindexamen expositie Fotoacademie Amsterdam
2013 winner ‘Kijk mijn Familie’, Fotoweek 2013
2013 expo ‘2nd Round’, Amsterdam
2013 expo ‘Het Oog’, Galerie Fotoacademie Amsterdam
2012 winner 3rd prize cat. C. Fotogram Trofee, Amsterdam
2011 expo ‘Summer Darkness’, Plato Utrecht
2011 expo ‘Charles Bradley en Lee Fields’, Plato Utrecht,
2010 winner One Hour Art, Centraal Museum Utrecht

video by LensCulture about me and my series 'Just Dad' (in English)
video by Fotostudio de Jong about me and my series 'Just Dad' (in Dutch)