Rineke Dijkstra, born June 2, 1959, is a Dutch photographer known for her series of portraits. She is famous for her portrait series of adolescents on beaches. Dijkstra says her “artistic awakening” began in 1991, though she had been studying photography and taking photos through the 1980’s. She had been in a bicycle accident, and while emerging from a pool as part of her therapy, she took a photo of herself with a 4x5 camera. In the photo she appeared exhausted and vulnerable. This vulnerability is present in her work after, with many of her subjects appearing in a moment of letting their guard down.