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.

2017 winner Wildcard Melkweg Exhbition grant, Amsterdam
2015 3rd prize, series Gewoon Pa/Just Dad, Domestic Documentary, Zilveren Camera 2014, Den Haag
2014 3rd prize, series Gewoon Pa/Just Dad, Selection of dutch Photography (SO2014), Amsterdam
2014 winner International Photofestival Leiden, series Gewoon Pa/Just Dad
2014 Top 50 Emerging Talents, series Gewoon Pa/Just Dad, LensCulture Magazine
2013 winner ‘Kijk mijn Familie’, series En Alle Dingen Meer, Fotoweek 2013
2012 3rd prize category C. Fotogram Trofee, series Brugspringers, Amsterdam
2010 winner One Hour Art, single portrait Hank III, Centraal Museum Utrecht


2017 Group 'Charles goes Arles' slideshow during Photofestival Unseen, Amsterdam, september 22nd
2017 Group 'Charles goes Arles' guerrilla slideshow during Rencontres d'Arles, july 7th
2016 Solo series Gewoon Pa/Just Dad, Volkshotel Amsterdam
2015 Solo International Photofestival Leiden, series Allemaal Beestjes, Kunsthuis Leiden
2015 Group 1000 photos Amsterdam, series De Kankerboom, pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam
2015 Group Under the Coke Sign, series Gewoon Pa/Just Dad, SBK Dordrecht
2015 Group Top 50 Emerging Talents '14, Head On Photo Festival, Sydney
2015 Group Zilveren Camera, series Gewoon Pa/Just Dad, traveling exhibition
2014 Group International Photo Festival Leiden
2014 Group Photoville, series Gewoon Pa/Just Dad, New York
2014 Group Top 50 Emerging Talents ‘14, galerie Valid Photo, Barcelona
2014 Group Top 50 Emerging Talents ‘14, Tokyo Photo, Tokyo
2014 Group Top 50 Emerging Talents ‘14, Festival de la Luz, Buenos Aires
2014 Group ‘LOADED’, eindexamen expositie Fotoacademie Amsterdam
2013 Group ‘2nd Round’, Amsterdam
2013 Group ‘The Eye’, Galerie Fotoacademie Amsterdam
2011 Solo ‘Summer Darkness’, Plato Utrecht
2011 Solo ‘Charles Bradley en Lee Fields’, Plato Utrecht

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