Dana Lixenberg

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Dana Lixenberg (born 1964)[1] is a Dutch photographer and filmmaker.[2] 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), De Burgemeester/The Mayor (2011), and Imperial Courts (2015).

Lixenberg's work has been widely exhibited and can be found in collections worldwide. In 2017 she won the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize for her publication Imperial Courts (Roma, 2015).[3][4]

Life and work[edit]

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.[5] 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 Imperial Courts, a public housing project in Watts, Los Angeles. Lixenberg portrayed 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. As well as her photographs, the exhibition included a three channel video projection, an audio installation, and her book of the same name.


  • Imperial Courts, 1993-2015. Amsterdam: Roma, 2015. ISBN 9789491843426. With texts by Kenneth Cox, Lixenberg, and Carla Williams.



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