Contemporary photographer Dirk Kome has exposed photography at a young age, spending hours looking in the family albums filled with slides, photographs, and film archived by his grandparents in Zuidland. It is from here how he became interested in the vintage photography archives, believing he can travel back in time with old photographs.
That was how Kome came to learn about Tonnis Post, a regional photographer from Groningen, Netherlands in the early days of the 20th century. Post may already be described as a photographer forgotten by history, but it was Post's documentary career did Kome became interested in his works.
During this time, Post has the luxury of photography, and with it he documented his impoverished town as factories, tramways and channels were built by local workers. Post would travel from place to place in East Groningen via bicycle. His interest was on the lower class population of the Westerwolde, where Groningers live in huts as children are cramped in farmhouses with pigs and sheep are. Families with dozens of children pose for a photograph with a small farm they would call home.
Catch the upcoming show Dirk Kome Presents Tonnis Post; Photographer of Progress at the Gemeentemuseum den Haag on April 28, running through September 9.
Images are from the press kit.