L'humanisme dans le portrait photographique de Rineke Dijkstra : analyse de la série Beach

Authors: Gagné Lévesque, Pascale
Advisor: Coulombe, Maxime
Abstract: This present thesis, which studies the photographic portrait of Rineke Dijkstra, Dutch artist born in 1959, supports the hypothesis and explains the presence and the meaning of humanism in this photographic approach. The in-depth analysis of the Beach portraits series, created during the last decade of the twentieth century, is the base on which the arguments are elaborated. This thesis seeks answers through the analysis of the portraits and its relations with time, culture and social reality of a historical episode. The study of Rineke Dijkstra’s portraits and of her work’s discussions reveals a humanism which seems to insist on human fragility. By valuing what is deeply human in the portrait, the artist’s work distinguishes itself from the formal and conceptual approaches of the contemporary portrait which tend to a denial of the subjectivity. The perceptive experience of the viewer facing the Beach portraits series seems to reveal that the portrait returns the image of the viewer’s humanity.
Document Type: Mémoire de maîtrise
Issue Date: 2012
Open Access Date: 18 April 2018
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/23501
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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