Dana Lixenberg (born 1964) is a Dutch photographer and filmmaker. She lives and works in New York and Amsterdam. Lixenberg pursues long-term projects on individuals and communities on the margins of society. Her books include Jeffersonville, Indiana (2005), The Last Days of Shishmaref (2008), Set Amsterdam (2011) and De Burgemeester/The Mayor (2011).
Lixenberg's work has been widely exhibited and can be found in collections worldwide. In 2017 she was shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize for her publication Imperial Courts (Roma, 2015).
Life and work
Lixenberg studied photography at the London College of Printing (1984–1986) and at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam (1987–1989). She has had work published in Newsweek, Vibe, New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker and Rolling Stone.
Lixenberg pursues long-term projects with a primary focus on individuals and communities on the margins of society, such as Jeffersonville, Indiana, a collection of landscapes and portraits of the small town’s homeless population photographed over a seven-year period, and The Last Days of Shishmaref, which portrays an Inupiaq community on an eroding island of the coast of Alaska.
She photographed Prince and Whitney Houston in an honest and introspective way. All her work is done with a large format camera. Decisive in her career was the first series of photos she made in 1993 of the Imperial Courts in Los Angeles. Lixenberg succeeded to portray the residents as distinctive and charismatic personalities, without direct references to their gang.
The exhibition 'Imperial Courts, 1993-2015’ at Huis Marseille in Amsterdam (2015) was the first comprehensive presentation of the Imperial Courts series, spanning a period of twenty-two years. Through her photographs, a three channel video projection and an audio installation, Lixenberg offered an intimate glimpse into the everyday life of this community and its residents. The exhibition was accompanied by the book, Imperial Courts, 1993-2015, designed by Roger Willems and published by Roma publications.
- Hay, David. Bringing Out the Gravitas In a Tough Housing Project, The New York Times, May 30, 1999
- Knight, Christopher. Art Review; Portraits That Go Way Beyond Face Value; Dana Lixenberg's photographs transcend the Watts neighborhood where she took them, Los Angeles Times, May 28, 1999
- "Deutsche Börse Photograpohy Foundation Prize 2017". The Photographers' Gallery.
- O'Hagan, Sean (1 March 2017). "'The cat in the coffin almost steals the show' … the Deutsche Börse photography prize". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
- Dana Lixenberg United States fototentoonstelling, VPRO, April 8, 2001
- Official website
- GRIMM Website
- Interview with Lixenberg – Documentary film 'Dana Lixenberg; thru Dutch eyes' (Pieter v.d. Houwen:1999)
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