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Bertien Van Manen
Born in the Netherlands in 1942, Bertien van Manen currently lives in Amsterdam. Initially a fashion model, she stepped behind the camera to become a fashion photographer. In 1976, she discovered the Robert Frank book, The Americans, which drew her to documentary photography. Working in depth and with great sensitivity on her subjects, she began documenting Eastern European countries (A Hundred Summers, A Hundred Winters, 1991), China (East Wind, West Wind, 2001) and the Appalachians (Moonshine, 2014). Exhibited for the first time in 1977 in the Photographer’s Gallery in London, her works today form a part of numerous collections, among others the MoMA in New York, the Swiss Foundation for Photography, the Metropolitan Museum of Photography of Tokyo, or the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.