Irminia Lentjes


Irminia Lentjes (1963) has a master's degree in Journalism, worked for 20 years as a researcher for Dutch Television and graduated in 2017 at Fotoacademie Amsterdam. Her work has been shown in exhibitions such as Fotofestival Naarden (solo), Landskrona Foto Festival and New Dutch Photography Talent 2018. She was shortlisted for Unseen Photo Festival Dummy Award for her book 'Peacocks don’t die', presented at Polycopies during Paris Photo with 'My name Sue, how do you do? ‘, and awarded for The Dark Room Pitch for her ongoing project ‘(not) meant to be’.

Her work centers around a feeling of displacement. It shows itself in many forms. Gloomy, poetic, rough, but also adventurous and with a feeling of freedom. To express the many facets of it, stories are told in different visual languages.

This focus on displacement comes partly from the fact that she did not grow up with her family. Born in a family of Indonesian repatriates, she was given up for adoption. While her mother flew back to Indonesia, she grew up in Hedel, a small village in the province of Brabant.

The work often finds its origin in current events, she is averse to a distant and objectifying attitude towards her subjects.



Publications and more

2016-01 # publication Vogue Man Nederland 

2017-03 # publication Fotolab Kiekie

2017-05 # publication Kunst is lang

2017-05 # publication New Dawn - portfolio

2017-11 # publication New Dutch Photography Talent 2018

2018-07 # publication Der Greif, curated by Lorenza Bravetta


2017-05 # graduation Fotoacademie Amsterdam


2017-05 # group exhibition Reveal, Loods6, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2017-05 # solo exhibition Fotofestival Naarden, The Netherlands 'My name Sue, how do you do?'

2017-11 # group exhibition New Dutch Photography Talent 2018, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2018-06 # group exhibition, 'So Far', Landskrona Foto Festival 2018, Sweden


2017-05 # Book 'My name Sue, how do you do?'

2017-05 # Book 'Pauwen sterven niet'


2017-08 # Awarded as New Dutch Photography Talent 2018 by Gup Magazine

2017-09 # Unseen Photo festival Amsterdam shortlisted Book Dummy Award with 'Pauwen sterven niet'

2017-11 # 'My name Sue, how do you do?' presented during Paris Photo 2017 at the Polycopies event by Tipi Bookshop/Brussels

2017-11 # Selected Pitch Donkere Kamer Genk, Belgium

2018-04 # 'Pauwen Sterven niet' presented at Moscow Photobookfest, Russia