Among the hundreds of photographers out there in the world is Jenny Smets as one of history’s most influential figures in the art of documentary photography. Jenny’s photography skills earned through her study in History of Modern and Contemporary Art at the University of Amsterdam. She specialised in documentary photography focusing on the chronicle and historical representation of events and worked for different daily newspapers before she was dedicated to becoming the Director of Photography at the weekly magazine Vrij Nederland.
Jenny’s artworks are of the select few which contain a glimpse of historic mode of life revealed in digital storytelling that will leave audiences stunned. Some of her renowned curating exhibitions include Photoville in New York by Robin de Puy and Jan Hoek, Privacy (2015) on FOTODOK, an Utrecht-based international space for documentary photography, followed by There is Something about my Family (spring 2016) and the show on religion: Believe (September 2016), (Re)Inventing nature and Beyond Us and Them (2017).
She was the curator for the exhibition on Privacy (2015) for FOTODOK, place for documentary photography in Utrecht (NL). She also co-curated the exhibitions There is Something about my Family (spring 2016) and the show on religion: Believe (September 2016), (Re)Inventing nature and Beyond Us and Them (2017). For Photoville in New York she curated the exhibitions of Robin de Puy and Jan Hoek.
She is now working as an independent curator of photography exhibitions and hosting masterclasses in photojournalists worldwide. Being the Project Advisor of the World Press Photo Foundation, Jenny also organizes workshops about documentary photography and teaches at the KABK art school in The Hague, Holland. This year, Erasmus Huis has the honor to welcome Jenny Smets to lecture on photojournalism seminar in a one day event on 12 February at 7.30 PM. Register now at [email protected] or contact Lisna (+62) 852 1556 5835. Visit www.permata-photojournalistgrant.org for more details.