Ruud van Empel

Ruud van Empel's painstakingly constructed digital photography anticipates the direction in which much of 21st century photography is moving. His innovative techniques have had a significant impact on photography around the globe.


The artist’s critically acclaimed portraits of children have prompted a spirited discussion as to their deepest meaning and the nature of their haunting beauty. His singular work strikes a responsive chord in all of us, making us reflect upon our own place in the world.


We are honored to have Ruud van Empel as our 2017 Artist of the Year.




Ruud van Empel (1958) works and lives in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. His artwork has been exhibited worldwide by museums including Fotomuseum, Antwerp, Belgium, the Museum of Photographic Art, San Diego, California, and George Eastman House, Rochester, New York.