About

Jet van Gaal is an Amsterdam based fine art photographer. In her work, she aims to uncover our vulnerability and open up our eyes to details that are often overlooked or labeled by society as imperfect. She finds inspiration in both humans and nature, duality and diversity. By changing perspective and shifting focus, Jet’s photography moves beyond the outside and draws you within, revealing a new reality characterized by penetrating strength and beauty. It is here, where she wants people to find the human commonality that transcends appearance, background, race, and culture.

Jet’s journey into photography started in 2013. But it was only in 2016 that she realized that the company she had built was not fulfilling her dreams and decided to pursue photography full time. She graduated from the Amsterdam Photo Academy in 2018. In 2019 her work Blueprint – Your skin is the blueprint of your life was nominated for the Dupho SO Student Award. That same year, it was published in Fresh Eyes by GUP Magazine, the national newspaper (Het Parool) exhibited during the art-route in Haarlem (Gallery Zocherlounge) and the Photography Festival of Naarden.

  • Text by friend and writer Aimee Rutumalessij

Werken met Jet was een ontzettend fijne ervaring. Ze stelde me op mijn gemak en creëerde een goede vibe in de studio, en dat terwijl het toch best intieme, persoonlijke foto’s waren. Het resultaat was dan ook een hele sterke serie, waarvan ik heel trots ben dat ze nu zowel de cover als de achterflap van mijn boek sieren.

Monique van Loon,
Je bent jong en je krijt wat

Jet van Gaal heeft een oog voor de schoonheid van de imperfectie. Ze verheft het alledaagse door te laten zien hoe bijzonder het ‘gewone’ is. Ze is ontwapent mensen voor de lens met humor en aandacht. Die aandacht zie je terug in haar werk.

Daarbij is het gewoon fijn samenwerken met Jet.

Seán Walsh
Koekenpeer

Nominations

  • 2019 Fresh Eyes Photo, new Europan Photograph
  • 2019 SO Award Dutch Photography student, Dupho

Book

  • 2018 Blueprint, Self Published

Education

  • 2018 Fotoacademie, Amsterdam
  • 2011 Internship, Erwin Olaf
  • 2011 Fotovakschool, Rotterdam
  • 2002-2004 Mode Styling and Visual Merchandiser

Exhibitions

  • 2020 Exhibition, 033Fotostad – Photofestival Apeldoorn
  • 2019 Photo exhibition Nemo Science Museum (10 years)
  • 2019 Photo exhibition See Me, ART-route Haarlem
  • 2019 Photofestival Naarden, series Blueprint at Bastion Oranje
  • 2018 Podium MH, Museum Hilversum. Presentation Blueprint
  • 2018 Photo exhibition Lucid, series Blueprint, Loods 6 Amsterdam
  • 2018 Exhibition, Roest Amsterdam
  • 2018 Exhibition, Pllek Amsterdam
  • 2013 Photofestival Naarden, series God bless us

Volunteer Work

  • Foto Festival Naarden
  • Meet Kate Foundation, Ghana
  • Dream 4 Kids
  • Stichting Emma Children hospital, Amsterdam

Publications

  • 2019 Happinez magazine, Blueprint project
  • 2019 PS Parool, Blueprint project
  • 2019 Fresh Eyes Photobook
  • 2019 Shutr Photo Magazine
  • 2016 Kiekiemagazine
  • 2014 FOTOgrafie magazine, Man in Motion project
  • 2013 Kinderen magazine, Mom’s moment
  • 2012 Panorama, reportage Meet Kate Foundation, Ghana

Publications online

  • 2018 Fotoexpositie.nl, exposition Lucid
  • 2018 &C talent
  • 2018 MuseWeekly, interview
  • 2016 Vice, reportage Cuba, centrale wifi-spots
  • 2015 Gezien.nl Save the Children
  • 2016 This is Happening, interview Save the Children
  • 2014 This is Happening, serie God Bless us
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