About the photographer

Selfportrait Rome

Biography Mo Verlaan

After graduating from the Rietvelt Academy, Mo Verlaan (1963) started out in experimental theatre, creating sets on location as well as performing. Her love for travelling made her accept an offer to provide meals for the performance group The Female Factory as their touring schedule included Moscow. Afterwards Mo and two of her sisters founded the catering company ‘De Drie Gezusters’ (The Three Sisters) catering to national and international film and television crews, providing three-course meals on location from a converted truck. This took her all over the Netherlands, to France, Germany, Spain, Bulgaria, and even to the remote Spitsbergen Islands.

Only 7 years ago, Mo’s love for photography made her enter the Photo Academy in Amsterdam. She graduated in 2016 with a joint exhibition Unframed in the creative haven Roest and designed a steel triptych presenting four black and white prints especially for the location. At the same time she launched her first photography book called Resonance in which she explores the impermanence of light, the brief and fleeting beauty of landscapes, architecture and people. Her work is poetic, abstract and expressive. Mo Verlaan lives in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, but will journey everywhere.

This summer she participated in an inspiring workshop The Great Beauty  by Anders Petersen (Rome, Italy)

The series Resonance was chosen as a finalist for The Hariban Award 2016 (Kyoto, Japan)

The series Resonance was been selected for  The Indian Photography Festival 2016  (Hyderabad, India)

She was Winner Single Image at The 9th Julia Margaret Cameron Award 2016  Category: Architecture and Bridges (4th Berlin Foto Biennale, Germany)

The book Resonance has been selected for The SCAN Photobooks 2016 Exhibition (Tarragona, Spain)

Portfolio selected for publication in the NEW2017, 100 Best Emerging Dutch Photographers of the year. (This book is initiated by GUP Magazine, Netherlands) Group exhibition Nov 24 – Jan 29 2017 at the 5&33 Gallery (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

The book Resonance has been selected for The Royal Photographic Society Photobook Exhibition 2016 (London/Plymouth/Bradford, UK)

Participant portfolio reviews at the C/O Berlin opening days of the European Month of Photography 2016 (Berlin, Germany)

Participant portfolio reviews at The Photographers’ Gallery and The Brighton Photo Biennial 2016 (UK)

The book Resonance selected for The 7th Annual Photobook Show. Exhibition from 19th Nov -18th Dec 2016 at The Davis Orton Gallery (Hudson NY, USA). A second Exhibition will follow in 2017 at The Griffin Museum of Photography (Winchester MA, USA)

The book Resonance exhibited from 23rd-27th of Nov 2016 at the Felifa Fola Feria de Libros de Autor for the Felifa Fola International Prize (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Several works from the series & the book Resonance take part in a group exhibition Editions from Dec 5 – Dec 22 2016 at The Tripp Gallery (London, UK)

The series Resonance received 2 Honorable Mentions (Fine Art/Portfolio and Collage/Portrait) at the Tokyo International Foto Awards 2016 (Tokyo, Japan)

My work received 4 Honorable Mentions in the category Fine Art at The Monochrome Awards 2016 (USA)

My work received 6 Honorable Mentions at The Monovision Photography Awards 2017 (GB)