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.

Schrijfster, Monique van Loon
Boek: Je bent jong en je krijt wat

Gefotografeerd worden door Jet was een ontspannen aangelegenheid: ze neemt de regie met vriendelijkheid en respect, en zonder je het gevoel te geven dat je gemanipuleerd wordt in allerlei vreemde poses.

Schrijver, Jan Geurtz

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,
    100 New Europan Photographers
  • 2019 – SO student Award Dutch Photography
    by Dupho
  • 2018 – &C Talent by Chantal Janzen

Book

  • 2019 – Represented by Self Publish United
  • 2018 – Blueprint, Self Published

Collaborations

  • Newspaper Parool
  • Creative agency Koekenpeer
  • Publisher Nieuw-Amsterdam
  • Liefleven
  • Creative agency Shosho
  • Creative agency Fitzroy
  • Heineken, Olympic Games in Rio
  • Dream 4 Kids
  • Stichting Emma Children hospital

Exhibitions

  • 2020 – Exhibition, Photofestival Apeldoorn
    organization Self Publish United
  • 2019 – Exhibition (10 years) for the
    Nemo Science Museum
  • 2019 – Exhibition See Me, ART-route Haarlem
  • 2019 – Photofestival Naarden at Bastion Oranje
    series Blueprint
  • 2018 – Podium MH, Museum Hilversum,
    Presentation series Blueprint
  • 2018 – Graduation exhibition Lucid,
    Loods 6 Amsterdam, series Blueprint,
  • 2018 – Exhibition, Roest Amsterdam
  • 2018 – Exhibition, Pllek Amsterdam
  • 2013 – Photofestival Naarden,
    series God Bless Us

Education

  • 2018 – Fotoacademie, Amsterdam
  • 2011 – Internship, Erwin Olaf
  • 2011 – Fotovakschool, Rotterdam
  • 2005 – Mode Styling and Visual Merchandiser

Publications

  • 2019 – Happinez magazine, Series Blueprint
  • 2019 – PS Parool, Series Blueprint
  • 2019 – Fresh Eyes Photobook
  • 2019 – Shutr Photo Magazine
  • 2016 – Kiekiemagazine
  • 2014 – FOTOgrafie magazine, Man in Motion project
  • 2012 – Panorama, reportage Meet Kate Foundation, Ghana

Publications online

  • 2019 – Interview Self Publish United 
  • 2018 – Fotoexpositie.nl, exposition Lucid
  • 2018 – Interview, &C Talent by Chantal Janzen
  • 2018 – Interview, MuseWeekly
  • 2016 – Vice, reportage Cuba, centrale wifi-spots
  • 2016 – Interview, This is Happening – Save the Children
  • 2014 – Article, This is Happening -series God Bless us
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