Astrid Verhoef is a freelance and fine art photographer based in Amsterdam. She stages scenes that verge on the surreal. Placing individuals and objects where they don’t seem to belong, moving the familiar into an unfamiliar landscape, her photographs seem to recontextualise normality. Juxtaposing human and object, she examines identity and emotion in relation to modern society versus natural spaces.
Astrid also works as a graphic designer and producer of Dutch photography exhibitions, she has organized shows in New York, Amsterdam, Leiden and Tokyo. She has established collaborations with Photoville New York, Fotofestival Naarden, Dupho and International Photo Festival Leiden. As of 2018 she works as a curator and program manager for Photo020, a Dutch platform for professional and art photography. Astrid is represented by Eduard Planting Gallery in Amsterdam (NL). Her work was purchased by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and is part of the collection of the Salon des Beaux Arts in Paris.
Her work has been frequently exhibited, including: Salon des Beaux Arts 2019 (Paris), PX3 2019 (Paris), Rotterdam Art Week, Fotofestival Off Naarden, Kunst RAI (Amsterdam), Art Karlsruhe (DE) Head On Photo Festival (Sydney), Photoville (New York), United Photo Industries’ (Super)Heroes exhibition at the Manhattan Bridge, Gaffa Gallery (Sydney),DUMBO Arts (New York), Sirius Gallery (Tokyo) , and IJFFF Photo- & Film festival (Amsterdam). She was chosen by GUP Magazine as New emerging Dutch Photo Talent 2013. Astrid’s work was purchased by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs.
PUBLICATIONS: Aesthetica Magazine (UK), Elegance (NL), Focus Magazine (NL), Ignant (DE), L’Oeil de la Photographie (FR), EYE Photo Magazine (AT), Cultura Colectiva (MX), Australian Photography Magazine (AUS), New Dawn (NL), Metro New York (USA), RosPhoto Magazine (RU), De Fotograaf (NL), Artworks Amsterdam, Art Takes Miami, Fonk Magazine (NL), het Parool (NL), Trouw (NL) and Internationale Kunst Heute 2016 (DE).
AWARDS & NOMINATIONS:
Salon des Beaux Arts de Paris 2019: Gold Invited Jury & Silver Jury SNBA
Prix Jean Lariviere 2019
ADAGP: 2019 Artist Support Prize Salon des Beaux Arts de Paris
PX3 Prix de la Photographie de Paris 2019: Silver, Portraits / Self-Portrait
Black & White Spider Awards 2019: Winner & two nominations Fine Art
Head On Photo Festival 2017: Portrait Prize Nominee
Life Framer Photography Prize 2016: Winner
Black and White Spider Awards 2016: Silver, Honorable Mention & 6 nominations Fine Art
International Color Awards 2016: Nomination Fine Art
New York Photo Festival 2014: Second place Resolution 2014
GUP Magazine: Dutch New Photo Talent 2013.