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 8 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.


2018-10 # Group Exhibition at BERLINBLUE art gallery for the EUROPEAN MONTH OF PHOTOGRAPHY, Berlin/DE

2018-10 # 2 x Honorable Mentions at International Photography Awards, USA

2018-09 # UNSEEN Bookmarket with the Self Publishers United, Amsterdam/NL

2018-08 # Group Exhibition Iets met ruimte Kunsthal 45, Fotoroute Den Helder/NL

2018-07 # Group Exhibition The Family of No Man, Arles/France

2018-06 # 1 x Honorable Mention and 3 x Finalist at 11th Julia M Cameron Award, 

2018-06 # Photobook Exhibition at Athens Photo Festival, Greece

2018-06 # Post Graduate Masterclass by Machiel Botman, Amsterdam/NL

2018-06 # Publication of series Resonance in All About Photo Magazine #1, USA

2018-06 # 2 x Nominee Fine Art/Abstract at 4th Fine Art Photography Awards, USA

2018-05 # Resonance featured at Unveil’d Photobook #01, London/UK

2018-04 # Honorable Mention IPA One-Shot Harmony, USA

2017/18 # One Year Photography Masterclass at Atelier Smedsby, Paris/France


2017-11  # Group Exhibition In the Zone in the 1650 Gallery, LA/USA

2017-10 # 2 x Honorable Mentions at IPA, USA

2017-08 # 6 x Honorable Mentions at The Monovision Photography Awards , GB

2017-05 # Solo Exhibition Solo in Dos, Restaurant DuendeDos, Amsterdam/NL

2017-04 # Group Exhibition HIS at Grand Central Station Utrecht/NL

2017-02 # Duo Exhibition at The Saza Gallery, Amsterdam/NL

2017-01 # Monochrome Awards, Winner of 4 Honorable Mentions, USA

2017-01 # Photobook Exhibition, 7th Annual Photobookshow at The Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester MA/USA


2016-12 # Tokyo International Foto Awards, Winner of 2 Honorable Mentions, Japan

2016-12 # Group Exhibition ‘Editions’ in The Tripp Gallery, London/UK

2016-12 # Photobook Exhibition, 7th Annual Photobookshow at The Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson NY/USA

2016-11 # Photobook Exhibition at the Felifa Fola Feria de Libros de Autor Buenos Aires/Argentina

2016-11 # Publication in NEW2017,  Published by GUP Magazine 100 New Dutch Photography Talents, Amsterdam/NL

              # Group exhibition at the 5&33 Gallery, Amsterdam/Netherlands

2016-10 # The 9th Julia Margaret Cameron Award, Winner Single Image Category Architecture

               # Exhibition at 4th Berlin Foto Biennale, EMOP Berlin/DE

2016-10 # Exhibition The Indian Photography Festival, State Art Gallery Madhapur, Hyderabad/India

2016-09 # International Photobook Exhibition, The Royal Photographic Society, Espacio Gallery/East London Photomonth, London/UK

2016-09 # Photobook Exhibition, Festival International de Fotografia SCAN, Tarragona/Spain

2016-08 # The Hariban Award, Finalist, Kyoto/Japan

2016-07 # Masterclass The Great Beauty by Anders Petersen, participant, Rome/Italy

2016-07 # Group Exhibition unframed at Fotogram Gallery, Amsterdam/NL

2016-06 # Group Exhibition unframed at Roest, Amsterdam/NL