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Ilona Langbroek (1970)


Graduated with honors (May 2019) from the Fotoacademie in Amsterdam and based in Hilversum, The Netherlands. 

“Silent Loss” is an ongoing project and is about the family history of Ilona Langbroek: an unprocessed past where loss plays the leading role – the loss of homeland and identity.

It is a poetic series with metaphorical images of memories and fantasies.

The stories of her grandparents from the Dutch East Indies have a contradictory character.

On the one hand they reflect a mythical country with warmth and beauty; on the other hand there is the unprocessed past of the war and the departure from home. The invisible influences from Indonesia seep through several generations. Four centuries of relations between the Netherlands and the former Dutch East Indies have left their mark.

Ilona Langbroek‘s photos exude an atmosphere of nostalgia and sadness, but also of poetry and beauty through which she creates her own story. By using contrast between light and dark, she creates a twilight zone that is a metaphor for remembering and forgetting the past.

2015 – 2019     Fotoacademie, Amsterdam (Graduated with honors)

1996 – 2000    Akademie Vogue, Amsterdam

                         Nominations & Awards
2019                 Selected FRESH EYES, a book presenting the 100 greatest emerging 

                         photographers in Europe 

2018                 Silver Award ,The Portrait Masters, international award - America



2020                Photo Basel Virtual 2.0 – Switzerland

                         Photo London Digital – Great Britain

2019                 Expo FOS, Loods 6, Amsterdam – Netherlands

                         Fresh Eyes, Tbilisi Photo Festival, slidepresentation - Georgia

                         Fresh Eyes, Les Rencontres d’Arles, slidepresentation - France
                         Fresh Eyes, Photo Basel, Volkshaus Basel, slidepresentation - Switzerland   

2017                 Expo Het Oog, Fotoacademie, Amsterdam - Netherlands


                    Publications & Interviews

2019                 Moesson Magazine, cover + interview + portfolio - Netherlands
                         Shutr Magazine, interview + portfolio - Netherlands

                         PF Magazine, interview + portfolio - Netherlands

                         Uncoated, platform Emerging Photo Talent - Germany

                         Kiekie Tabloid, interview – Netherlands


2019                 Podium MH, Museum Hilversum, oral presentation – Netherlands
                         Photoplaza, Kasteel Woerden, oral presentation – Netherlands