Ed van der Elsken (1925 - 1990) was a unique figure. The first true Dutch street photographer, he roamed cities like Paris, Amsterdam, Hong Kong and Tokyo seeking out colourful personalities, head-turning young women and wayward youth.Read more about the artist
The Stedelijk presents the largest overview of the photographic and filmic work of Dutch photographer Ed van der Elsken (1925-1990) in twenty five years. A unique figure, Van der Elsken was renowned as a street photographer, and is recognised as the most important Dutch photographer of the 20th century.
The exhibition is curated by Hripsimé Visser, curator of photography at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, who has written widely on Ed van der Elsken, and curated numerous exhibitions of his work.
After the Stedelijk Museum the exhibition will travel to Paris (Jeu de Paume) and to Madrid (Fundación Mapfre).
Photo above: Ed van der Elsken, Beethovenstraat, Amsterdam (1967) Nederlands Fotomuseum / © Ed van der Elsken / Collectie Ed van der Elsken estate