About the photographer

Selfportrait Rome

Biography Mo Verlaan

After graduating from the Rietveld 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 9 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 – ongoing    Postgraduate Masterclass by Machiel Botman, Analog Photography ,  Haarlem|NL

2017 – 2018         Atelier Smedsby,  One Year Photography Masterclass, Paris|France

2016                     Masterclass The Great Beauty by Anders Petersen, Rome|Italy

2011 – 2016         Fotoacademie, Autonomous & Fine Art, Amsterdam|NL

1985 – 1990         Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Theatre Design & Audiovisuel, Amsterdam|NL




4 March-26 April 2020 Group Exhibition Award Winners of the 14th JM Cameron Award, FotoNostrum Gallery, Barcelona|Spain

3-14 April 2020 Group Exhibition Red, Blank Wall Gallery, Athens|Greece

1-30 November 2020 Selected for Art Month Ameland |NL

2020 With photographers collective Self Publishers United represention at the Cloud Gallery, Amsterdam |NL


Group Exhibition Feminine/Masculine at PH21 Gallery, Budapest|Hungary

Group Exhibition photographers collective Self Publishers United at 033fotostad, Rietveld Paviljoen, Amersfoort |NL


Group Exhibition 100% Female, Grand St. Laurens Church,  Alkmaar|NL

Group Exhibition Award Winners of the 13th JM Cameron Award, FotoNostrum Gallery, Barcelona|Spain

Exhibition of the winners at Mt. Rokko International Photo Festival, Kobe|Japan

Group Exhibition Portrait Without Faces, ph21 Gallery, Budapest|Hungary

Group Exhibition Landscape, Blank Wall Gallery, Athens|Greece

Group Exhibition Monochrome, ph21 Gallery, Budapest|Hungary

Group Exhibition Lacda Top 40, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, LA|USA

Group Exhibition ‘…iets met ruimte’ (‘Some Space’) in Pictura, Groningen|NL


Group Exhibition Winter in Blank Wall Gallery, Athens|Greece

Group Exhibition EUROPEAN MONTH OF PHOTOGRAPHY at BERLINBLUE art gallery, Berlin|DE

Group Exhibition Iets met ruimte Kunsthal 45, Fotoroute Den Helder|NL

Group Exhibition The Family of No Man, Arles|France

Photobook Exhibition at Athens Photo Festival, Athens|Greece


Group Exhibition In the Zone in the 1650 Gallery, LA|USA

Group Exhibition HIS at Snorfabriek, Utrecht|NL

Solo Exhibition Solo in Dos, Restaurant DuendeDos, Amsterdam|NL

Group Exhibition HIS at Grand Central Station Utrecht|NL

Duo Exhibition Mo Verlaan & Jur Oster at The Saza Gallery, Amsterdam|NL

Photobook Exhibition, 7th Annual Photobookshow at The Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester MA|USA


Group Exhibition ‘Editions’ in The Tripp Gallery, London|UK

Photobook Exhibition, 7th Annual Photobookshow at The Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson NY|USA

Photobook Exhibition at the Felifa Fola Feria de Libros de Autor Buenos Aires|Argentina

Group exhibition at the 5&33 Gallery, Amsterdam|NL

Group Exhibition Winners of 9th JM Cameron Award at 4th Berlin Foto Biennale, EMOP Berlin|DE

Group Exhibition The Indian Photography Festival, State Art Gallery Madhapur, Hyderabad|India

International Photobook Exhibition, The Royal Photographic Society, Espacio Gallery|East London Photomonth, London|UK

Photobook Exhibition, Festival International de Fotografia SCAN, Tarragona|Spain

Group Exhibition unframed at Fotogram Gallery, Amsterdam|NL

Group Exhibition unframed at Roest, Amsterdam|NL


2019       3x  Honorable Mentions at ND Awards 2019, USA

2019       6x  Honorable Mentions at 14th Julia M Cameron Award, Spain

2019       2x  Honorable Mentions at Minimalist Photography Awards 2019, USA 

2019      1st Prize Winner Photo Award at Mt. Rokko International Photo Award, Kobe Japan

2019      4x  Honorable Mentions at 13th Julia M Cameron Award, Spain

2018      2x  Honorable Mentions at International Photography Awards, USA

2018      Honorable Mention and 3x Finalist at 11th Julia M Cameron Award

2018      2x  Nominee Fine Art|Abstract at 4th Fine Art Photography Awards, USA

2018      Honorable Mention IPA One-Shot Harmony, USA

2017      2x  Honorable Mentions at IPA, USA

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

2016      2x  Honorable Mentions at Tokyo International Foto Awards,  Japan

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

2016      Finalist at The Hariban Award,, Kyoto|Japan


2019       Publication of Undercurrent Diptych in The 2019 Photographs in Conversation Exhibition Lenscratch, USA

2019       Publication of series Undercurrent in Edge of Humanity Magazine, USA

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

2018       Resonance featured at Unveil’d Photobook #01, London|UK

2016       Publication in NEW2017,  Published by GUP Magazine 100 New Dutch Photography Talents, Amsterdam|NL

2016       Publication Photobook Resonance, De Drie Gezusters PublishersAmsterdam|NL