Editor:  De Redactie • Publication:  01 January 2018



Ed van der Elsken at the Rijksmuseum

During “Through the Eyes of Jan de Bont” The Rijksmuseum presents 26 original prints by photographer Ed van der Elsken, marking the donation by film director Jan de Bont and his wife Trish Reeves de Bont of their collection to the museum. ‘Ed van der Elsken Through the Eyes of Jan de Bont’ will include a selection of these photographs alongside previously unseen photographs by Van der Elsken from the Rijksmuseum collection. The accompanying texts by Jan de Bont, the guest curator for this presentation, shed new light on Van der Elsken’s images and how they inspired De Bont.

About Ed van der Elsken

Ed van der Elsken (1925 – 1990) is one of the Netherland’s most famous photographers in the 20th century. He has a unique way of telling a story. Sometimes his own stories, those of an artist in Amsterdam or Paris, but also other people’s stories such as the daily life og the Yakuza in Osaka.


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