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Hendrik Kerstens’ portrait photography

Dutch photographer Hendrik Kersten channels Vermeer, Rembrandt, and a host of his other forbears in his unsettling portraits of his daughter, Paula. Although artist and subject are as familiar as two people can be, Kersten manages to make Paula look distant and guarded, whether he’s capturing her blemishes or dolling her up. None of his images seem idealized or reverent, but rather voyeuristic and distant, and have a candidness about them that belies the precision and discipline Kersten actually puts into his work.
Hendrik Kerstens