Ed van der Elsken

Camera in Love—at the Stedelijk Museum

Above: Couple making love (ca. 1974) by Ed van der Elsken. Nederlands Fotomuseum / © Ed van der Elsken / Collection Ed van der Elsken estate. Photography Page / Home Page: Contactsheet Love on the Leftbank (1950 – 1954) by Ed van der Elsken. Nederlands Fotomuseum / © Ed van der Elsken / Collection Ed van der Elsken estate.

    BY: Sacia Friedman

    Wednesday, April 5, 2017

With Camera in Love, the Stedelijk Museum presents the largest overview of Dutch photographer Ed van der Elsken’s photographs and films that has taken place in over twenty years. A unique figure, Van der Elsken was renowned as a street photographer, and is recognized as the most important Dutch photographer of the 20th century.

The first true Dutch street photographer, van der Elsken roamed cities like Paris, Amsterdam, Hong Kong and Tokyo seeking out colorful personalities, head-turning young women and wayward youth. He both chronicled and influenced the zeitgeist, developing a bold, unconventional and personal style. Camera in Love will be on view at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam from February 4 through May 21.

You can see a selection of images from the show, above and below.

 

Nieuwmarkt Fair, Amsterdam (1963) by Ed van der Elsken. Nederlands Fotomuseum / © Ed van der Elsken / Collection Ed van der Elsken estate.
Nieuwmarkt Fair, Amsterdam (1963) by Ed van der Elsken. Nederlands Fotomuseum / © Ed van der Elsken / Collection Ed van der Elsken estate.

 

Selfportrait with Ata Kandó, Paris (1953) by Ed van der Elsken. Nederlands Fotomuseum / © Ed van der Elsken / Collection Ed van der Elsken estate.
Selfportrait with Ata Kandó, Paris (1953) by Ed van der Elsken. Nederlands Fotomuseum / © Ed van der Elsken / Collection Ed van der Elsken estate.

 

Audience during a concert of the Lionel Hampton Big Band, Concertgebouw Amsterdam (1956) by Ed van der Elsken. Nederlands Fotomuseum / © Ed van der Elsken / Collection Ed van der Elsken estate.
Audience during a concert of the Lionel Hampton Big Band, Concertgebouw Amsterdam (1956) by Ed van der Elsken. Nederlands Fotomuseum / © Ed van der Elsken / Collection Ed van der Elsken estate.

 

Beethovenstraat, Amsterdam (1967) by Ed van der Elsken. Nederlands Fotomuseum / © Ed van der Elsken / Collection Ed van der Elsken estate.
Beethovenstraat, Amsterdam (1967) by Ed van der Elsken. Nederlands Fotomuseum / © Ed van der Elsken / Collection Ed van der Elsken estate.

 

Girl in the subway, Tokyo (1984) by Ed van der Elsken. Nederlands Fotomuseum / © Ed van der Elsken / Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.
Girl in the subway, Tokyo (1984) by Ed van der Elsken. Nederlands Fotomuseum / © Ed van der Elsken / Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

 

Twins at the Nieuwmarkt (1956) by Ed van der Elsken. Nederlands Fotomuseum / © Ed van der Elsken / Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.
Twins at the Nieuwmarkt (1956) by Ed van der Elsken. Nederlands Fotomuseum / © Ed van der Elsken / Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

 

Couple in swimmingclothes, Los Angeles, United States of America (1960) by Ed van der Elsken. Nederlands Fotomuseum / © Ed van der Elsken / Leiden University Library. Special Collections.
Couple in swimmingclothes, Los Angeles, United States of America (1960) by Ed van der Elsken. Nederlands Fotomuseum / © Ed van der Elsken / Leiden University Library. Special Collections.

 

Bargirls, Cebu, Filippijnen (1960) by Ed van der Elsken. Nederlands Fotomuseum / © Ed van der Elsken / Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.
Bargirls, Cebu, Filippijnen (1960) by Ed van der Elsken. Nederlands Fotomuseum / © Ed van der Elsken / Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

 

21. Contactsheet Love on the Leftbank (1950 – 1954) by Ed van der Elsken. Nederlands Fotomuseum / © Ed van der Elsken / Collection Ed van der Elsken estate.
21. Contactsheet Love on the Leftbank (1950 – 1954) by Ed van der Elsken. Nederlands Fotomuseum / © Ed van der Elsken / Collection Ed van der Elsken estate.