Open until January 17th 2012, Gare du Nord at the Foto Museum Den Haag showcases work by around fifty Dutch photographers.
In the 1920s and ’30s Dutch photographers were flocking to Paris to to capture romantic images of life in the city’s streets and to study the discipline at specialist schools.
In this exhibition, pictures snapped by photographers like Henri Berssenbrugge, Emmy Andriesse, Ed van der Elsken and Johan van der Keuken bring to life the twentieth-century metropolis that was Paris.
Exhibits include images of anonymous street life, but also of celebrities like Orson Welles, Christian Dior and an extremely young Brigitte Bardot and Yves Saint Laurent.
The most photographed city in the world held out the prospect of a more intense and adventurous life for the Dutch. The photo books about Paris published between 1954 and 1963 by Nico Jesse, Ed van der Elsken and Johan van der Keuken were immediately hugely popular. They show a dream world far from the petty and restrictive Dutch society of the period.
The exhibition is accompanied by a publication in Dutch: Gare du Nord. Nederlandse fotografen in Parijs 1900-1968. It contains essays by Wim van Sinderen and Willemijn van der Zwaan.
Gare du Nord – Dutch photographers in Paris 1900-1968 is open until January 17th 2012 at The Hague Museum of Photography, Stadhouderslaan 43, 2517 HV Den Haag, Netherlands
Source/further information: http://www.fotomuseumdenhaag.nl