If you happen to be a fan of Ed van der Elsken’s photography, you’ve come to the right place at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. From 3rd of February there is the exhibition “De Verliefde Camera”. It is the largest global overview of his work in 25 years.
Ed van der Elsken was a unique figure. As a street photographer, he went in cities such as Paris, Amsterdam, Hong Kong and Tokyo in search of self-confident people, for beautiful girls and rebellious youth. Van der Elskens photos and movies are strong in form, unmistakably rooted in their time, yet timeless. He managed to document the Zeitgeist and influence. In his work developed a direct, unconventional and personal style. Van der Elskens presence is visible in his work, contact was essential for him to make an image. He often put in a situation scene as playful dynamic art director.
The exhibition is curated by Hripsimé Fisher, curator of photography at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, which made a variety of presentations and publications about his work in the past. It will travel after the Stedelijk Museum to the Jeu de Paume (Paris) and to Fundación MAPFRE (Madrid).