Maria Austria (1915-1975), Paris, 1960 © Maria Austria Instituut, Amsterdam © Maria Austria Instituut, Amsterdam Marcel Minnee Marcel Minnee, Gare du Nord, 1963. © M. Minnee, Den Haag
Gare du Nord Dutch photographers in Paris 1900-1968 24 May – 29 July 2012 Paris was hot. Paris had it all. It was the place to be. For decades the glittering French capital had attracted writers and artists from all over the world. Dutch photographers also thronged to Paris, eager to capture its street scenes and the teeming life of its residents. The work of Henri Berssenbrugge, Emmy Andriesse, Maria Austria, Ed van der Elsken, and Johan van der Keuken testifies to the importance of the City of Light as a source of inspiration. The story of Paris and photography goes back a long way. From the moment Louis Daguerre presented this new medium to the world in 1839, the city has been not only the home of modern art, but also the epicentre of photography. In the twenties and thirties Dutch photographers flocked to the French capital, where they studied at art schools or served as assistants to such luminaries as Man Ray and Berenice Abbott. After the war the city quickly regained its allure, becoming a mecca for a generation of twenty-somethings, eager to discover the world. The Paris photo books by the likes of Nico Jesse, Ed van der Elsken and Johan van der Keuken, which appeared during the period 1954 to1963, achieved instant popularity. They portray a world the Dutch could only dream of. Paris – no doubt the most photographed city in the world – was full of promise, a place where people lived life more intensely. These
photo books helped to create the image of Paris that has taken root in the collective consciousness of the Dutch and many other Europeans as well. The women of Paris (1954), by Nico Jesse, takes a rollicking, romantic look at the city. In the space of just ten days, Jesse – who was a general practitioner and an enthusiastic photographer – captured the images of no fewer than 2000 women. His photos of actresses, students, models and female clochards provided a fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse of Paris, and introduced the public to 'the Parisienne' in all her various facets. Ed van der Elsken's A love story in Saint Germain de Pré (1956) presents a different image of Paris. Having lived there for several years, he had ample opportunity to capture the street life of the city. He also joined a group of existentialist young men, whom he photographed at length, and who played a leading role in this – fictitious – love story. Van der Elsken paints a more rugged picture of the city, focusing on the bohemian artists in the Quartier Latin. Gare du Nord contains work by some fifty Dutch photographers, who highlight not only the city's anonymous street life, but also such celebrities as Orson Welles, Juliette Gréco, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, and a very young Brigitte Bardot. In addition, the Institut Néerlandais will be showing two short experimental films: Études des mouvements à Paris (1927) by Joris Ivens, and Les Halles de Paris (1939) by Paul Schuitema. In 2011, the latter film was digitalized by the Eye Film Institute in the Netherlands, making it available to a wide audience.
In cooperation with the Hague Museum of Photography
PRACTICAL INFORMATION: Exhibition dates 24 May to 29 July, 2012
And with the support of Thalys
Public opening Wednesday, 23 May, 2012, 18h – 20h30 Opening hours Every day from 13h to 19h, except Mondays Address Institut Néerlandais, 121 rue de Lille 75007 Paris T +33 (0)1 53 59 12 40 email@example.com www.institutneerlandais.com Admission Full price 4 €, reduced rate 2 € Access Metro 12 Assemblée Nationale Metro 8/13 Invalides RER C Musée d’Orsay Bus: 63, 83, 84, 94, 72 Press Office Agence Catherine Dufayet firstname.lastname@example.org T: +33 (0)1 43 59 05 05 Léopoldine Turbat email@example.com T: +33 (0)1 40 36 84 35 Information Marieke Wiegel, Head of exhibitions firstname.lastname@example.org T:+ 33 (0)1 53 59 12 48
Marcel Minnee (1941), Gare du Nord, 1963. ÂŠ M. Minnee, The Hague
Emmy Andriesse (1914-1953), Juliette GrĂŠco, Ca.1948. ÂŠ Special Collections University Library Leiden
Ata Kand贸 (1913), Gare du Nord, 1957. 漏 Nederlands Fotomuseum Rotterdam
Fred Brommet, Place de la Madeleine, 1956.
Emmy Andriesse (1914-1953) Stranger students in Quartier Latin, Paris, 1938.
Kees Scherer (1920-1933) Paris, 1960.
Published on May 21, 2012