Photographer Jasper Groen (1974, Nieuwkoop, photo: Kees Muizelaar) documents young people, their quest for a place in society and the difference between identity, image and peer pressure. His work has been exhibited in the Netherlands at FOAM, museum for Photography Amsterdam, het Nederlands Foto Museum Rotterdam (National Museum for Photography), the Melkweg Galerie and Museum Huis Marseille in Amsterdam. Abroad his series have been shown in St. Petersburg, Moscow and Nairobi.
Groen became known for his series on Flemish Jeffrey, who in a few years changed from a breakdancer into a neo-Nazi.
During the years several books have appeared with his work. His series are published in leading Dutch and international magazines. Leading collections own his work. Collectors and others gave Groen assignments, from Hans Kemna to Duncan Stutterheim and from Viktor & Rolf to Roberto Cavalli. He also participated in auctions benefitting charity.
Groen is a self-taught photographer, but he did a six-month-internship at Studio Erwin Olaf and a Master class with Rineke Dijkstra. In recent years he has taken on several trainees himself, including Marije Brouwer, Kees Muizelaar and Prins de Vos.