Dana Lixenberg is a Dutch photographer living and working in New York and Amsterdam. Born in 1964, Dana pursued studies at the London College of Printing from 1984-1986, and at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam from 1987-1989.
Dana is renowned for her intimate portraits of individuals and communities, often from the margins of society, whom she captures with a large-format field camera. This cumbersome tool necessitates what she refers to as a ‘slow dance’ between herself and her subjects; for Dana, it is important that each portrait by itself tells a unique story, and that she can project something of herself onto that portrait. As she studies her subject, works the composition, she creates a moment of suspended intimacy. It is the exposure and vulnerability of her subjects, no matter their background, that creates something truly magical.
Dana pursues long-term projects and her first significant and most extensive work to date ‘Imperial Courts’ (1993-2015) consists of a book, exhibition, and web documentary, for which she became a recipient of the Deutsche Börse Photography prize in 2017