News — 19 Jan 2017

Ed van der Elsken, Twins at the Nieuwmarkt (1956),  Nederlands Fotomuseum / © Ed van der Elsken / collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Amsterdam, January 19, 2017 - Ed van der Elsken (1925-1990) is one of the greatest Dutch photographers and documentary filmmakers of the 20th century. With Camera in Love, the Stedelijk presents the largest-ever overview of his work, worldwide, in 25 years. In an engaging, multi-layered presentation, this survey highlights not only Van der Elsken’s qualities as a photographer, but the relationship between his films, his books, and his photographic work.

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Press preview: Thursday 2 February. Program: 

9am enter via the main entrance, coffee at the Zadelhoff Café
9.30am welcome speech, Beatrix Ruf
10am preview with curator Hripsimé Visser
12pm end


Digital interactive stories
To mark the exhibition, the Stedelijk has developed a series of three multi-media stories about Ed van der Elsken. Like mini documentaries, each one explores a different facet: Ed’s work, his life, and Ed today. The stories can be viewed online. The second story, Looking at Ed, is developed in collaboration with De Volkskrant. The first story goes live on 2 Feb, and can be shared via:

Extra program accompanying
Ed van der Elsken - Camera in Love 

Film program at EYE
In partnership with the Stedelijk, EYE Film Museum is organizing five film evenings highlighting different themes in Van der Elsken’s work. His life in Amsterdam is prominently featured, along with his many world travels for magazines like Avenue, and his relationship with his son, Daan. Most of the films are from the EYE collection.
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Theory -The Moving Page
In conjunction with the University of Leiden, the Stedelijk is hosting a program of lectures, The Moving Page: At the Crossroads of Cinema and Photobook, on 26 April. The program explores the meaning of the ‘cinematic’ in the context of photography. With a lecture performance by Paulien Oltheten.
Location: Teijin Auditorium, Stedelijk Museum
Time: 3pm-5pm
More info and tickets available soon online

Theory - Sunday Seminar
Sunday 12 February is also dedicated to theory with Sunday Seminar: Between Art and Document: Photography Critique in the Netherlands 1980-2015.
Location: Teijin Auditorium, Stedelijk Museum
More info and tickets available soon online

Workshops: Lover, Traveler, Hunter
The Stedelijk is organizing a trio of photography workshops for adults given by three photographers who identify with the work of Ed van der Elsken and the role of Lover, Traveler or Hunter. The workshops can be taken separately, or as a series, and will be given in a location in Amsterdam. The work produced during the sessions will be presented at the Stedelijk on the concluding evening. The photographers will also provide online assignments for people unable to attend in person. These photos will also go on view during the final evening.
Dates: 25 February, 25 March and 22 April 2017
More info and tickets available soon online.

Guided tour by Blikopeners
Blikopeners, the Stedelijk’s young peer educators, will give speed tours of the exhibition every Friday evening from 7.30pm to 8pm, and from 8pm to 8.30pm. The Blikopeners will test you to discover whether you’re a Lover, Traveler or Hunter, and suggest a route that suits you best. The Blikopeners will also give you a special pair of glasses with colored lenses so you can discover and read the hidden messages they wrote, inspired by the work of Van der Elsken.

The exhibition is accompanied by an exhaustive publication that examines the life and work of Ed van der Elsken. The volume features essays by Hripsimé Visser, David Campany, Colin van Heezik and Susan Aasman together with a unique collection of his most celebrated works in black and white, and color – images that, today, are among the most iconic of Dutch photographic history. The publication also includes written odes to Ed van der Elsken by artists Nan Goldin, Paulien Oltheten and Valerie Jouve, each of whom is inspired and influenced by his work.

The catalogue is available in the museum shop and in selected bookshops.
288 pages | design: Mevis & Van Deursen | Dutch museum edition softcover € 29,95, hardcover € 39,95, Publisher Hannibal | English edition hardcover, Prestel Publishing, € 39,95 | French edition hardcover, Éditions Xavier Barral, € 39,95.

Exhibition organised by the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam in collaboration with Jeu de Paume. After the Stedelijk Museum, the exhibition travels to Jeu de Paume (Paris) and Fundación MAPFRE (Madrid).

With special thanks to Anneke Hilhorst and Han Hogeland, the Nederlands Fotomuseum Rotterdam, Leiden University Library/ Special Collections, Eye Filmmuseum Amsterdam, The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, Hilversum, Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam and Paradox, Edam.

Note to editors
26 images are available for the press, some of which can be downloaded from our website. For more information, visual material or a PDF of the catalogue, contact the Stedelijk Museum Press Office on, 020 - 573 2660 / 656 or at