Ed van der Elsken - Camera in love

00:09:24 11823 Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Ed van der Elsken once described himself as a hunter. A photographer who seduced and challenged his prey, and struck at just the right moment. But he was more than that.
Ed van der Elsken

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.

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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


Ed van der Elsken - Camera in Love
4 Feb - 21 May 2017
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Video credits

Thanks to: Paul van den Bos, Andreas Landshoff, Eddy Posthuma de Boer, Hripsimé Visser.

Video Production by Mals Media:
Director: Jordi Wijnalda
Cinematographer: Freek Zonderland
Sound and light: Joost Kelderman
Editing: Freek Zonderland
Production: Else Siemerink
Translation: Jordi Wijnalda

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