Judith Helmer (NL, 1982) is a documentary photographer based in the Netherlands. She has been fascinated with personal stories and family dynamics from a young age. Stories that require you to take a closer look, in order to reveal that not everything is what it may look like at first sight. Identity, roots and family history are recurring themes in her photography. She loves the analogue process and prefers to shoot with her analog 6*6 camera.

Judith graduated from the Fotovakschool University of Applied Science in 2017, and won the Keep an Eye Fotovakschool Award the same year. Her ongoing graduation project ‘Identically Different’ was subsequently published in one of the Dutch Newspapers ‘NRC’ and won an honorable mention at The International Photo Awards 2017. The project was and will be exhibited at several locations in France (for example at Festival Circulation(s)) in 2018 and 2019. She has recently been selected as Dutch New Talent 2019 by GUP and won the prize for best portfolio at the portfolio reviews of BredaPhoto. 

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EXHIBITIONS

UPCOMING
19.01.2019 – 01.03.2019 | Photo Festival Pluie d’Images | Identically Different | Brest, France
09.11.2018 - 08.12.2018 | TER’LA / Circulation(s) | TEAT Champ Fleuri - La Galerie | Identically Different | La Réunion, France
03.11.2018 - 20.11.2018 | Stedelijk Museum Breda | Portret of Maya | Breda, The Netherlands
20.10.2018 – 28.10.2018 | Photo Beijing 2018 | Identically Different | Beijing, China

PAST
30.06.2018 – 26.08.2018 | La Voyage à Nantes | Identically Different | Nantes, France
17.03.2018 – 31.07.2018 | At four different metro and train stations in Paris (Hôtel de Ville, La Chapelle, Saint-Denis Porte de Paris and Nanterre) | One photo from the series Identically Different | RATP, Paris, France
17.03.2018 – 06.05.2018 | Circulation(s) Festival for Young European photography | Identically Different | Paris, France
25.10.2017 – 11.11.2017 | Graduation Show 2017 | Fotovakschool | Identically Different | Amsterdam, the Netherlands
30.06.2017 – 09.07.2017 | Graduation Show Photographic Design | DockGallery | Identically Different | Rotterdam, the Netherlands
15.09.2016 – 30.10.2016 | BredaPhoto International Photo Festival 2016 | Toedeloe | Breda, the Netherlands

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AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

2018 | Portfolio reviews BredaPhoto WINNER BEST PORTFOLIO 1st PLACE
2018 | GUP New Dutch Photography Talent 2019 SELECTED
2018 | Nominated 'Prix du Public' Festival Circulations(s) 2nd PLACE
2017 | Nominated Tribew-Circulation(s) Prize 2018 PRE-SELECTION
2017 | Keep an Eye Fotovakschool Award 2017 WINNER 1st PLACE
2017 | The International Photo Awards HONORABLE MENTION

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EDUCATION

2018 | Masterclass Nikon-NOOR Academy | Brussels, Belgium
2014 - 2017 | Photographic Design | Fotovakschool | Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2017 | Workshop - pitch training | Paul van der Plas | Keep an Eye/Fotovakschool | Apeldoorn, the Netherlands

2017 | Workshop - writing a projectplan | Simone Henkens | Keep an Eye/Fotovakschool | Amsterdam, the Netherlands
2016 | BredaPhoto Masterclass Course | Breda, the Netherlands
2000 - 2004 | Leisure Management | NHTV | Breda, the Netherlands

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PUBLICATIONS

2018
20.03.2018 | Millenials Magazine | FR
19.03.2018 | Exibart | FR
17.03.2018 | Catalogue Festival Circulation(s) 2018 | FR
12.03.2018 | Slate | FR
05.03.2018 - 11.03.2018 | Instagram take-over for FotovakschoolRotterdam | NL 
22.02.2018 | Phototrend | FR

2017
17.12.2017 | Gay.nl | Uit de Kunst | NL
17.11.2017 | Catalogue nominaties Keep an Eye Fotovakschool Award 2017 | NL
25.10.2017 | Catalogue Graduation Show Fotovakschool 2017 |NL
21.09.2017 | Mestmag.nl | NL
11.09.2017- 17.09.2017 | Instagramtake-over for New Dawn | NL
14.07.2017 | Pf Magazine | NL
12.07.2017 | NRC Next en NRC Handelsblad | NL
11.07.2017 | NRC.nl | NL
26.06.2017 | Leaflet BredaPhoto Masterclass Course 2017/2018 | NL

2016
07.10.2016 | Catalogue Masterclass BredaPhoto 2016 | NL

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TALKS

21.11.2018 | Guestlecture | Academy of Fine Arts | Lier, Belgium 
04.06.2018 | Presentation | Fotogroep Breda | Breda, the Netherlands 
01.02.2018 | Pitch | De Donkere Kamer #34 Zilveren Camera Editie | Museum Hilversum | Hilversum, the Netherlands
09.01.2018 | Tijd voor Max, NPO1 | Identically Different | Hilversum, the Netherlands
17.11.2017 | Pitch | Keep an Eye Fotovakschool Grant | Pakhuis de Zwijger | Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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