Artist

Ed van der Elsken

Ed van der Elsken (1925, Amsterdam -1990, Edam NL) was a photographer and filmmaker who expressed his meetings with people in photos, photo books and films for more than 40 years. He started to photograph at the end of the 1940s. In the 1950s he left Holland for Paris. There he encountered the bohemian society of Saint-Germain-de-Prés. Marked by the bitter post-war atmosphere these young people spent their days in bars, living on alcohol and drugs. At the suggestion of Edward Steichen, whom van der Elsken met in Paris, he turned his photographs into a photographic novel. ‘Love on the Left Bank’ instantly made him world famous. Ed van der Elsken’s work is highly subjective, portraying striking individuals he encountered on his travels, documenting his own life and that of his surrounding. His approach was confrontational, embracing the bright as well as the darker sides of human life. The unconventional technique and the gritty snapshot-like quality of his work have been of great importance in the development of contemporary photography. Ed van der Elsken’s work remains to be widely shown at contemporary art museums throughout the world. Recent solo- and group shows were held at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2017), Jeu de Paume, Paris (2017), Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo (2015), Museum Boerhaave, Leiden (2014), Stadsarchief Amsterdam (2014), Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam (2010), Foam, Amsterdam (2005), The Metropolitan Museum, Tokyo (2003), The Palazzina di Giardini, Modena (2002) and many others.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Ed van der Elsken: Hong Kong the Way it Was
The exhibition displays for the first time the entire photographic series by Ed van der Elsken, portraying the daily life of the old Hong Kong
03 Oct 2019 - 31 Mar 2020
F11 Foto Museum
Hong Kong
Exhibitions
Ed van der Elsken
The Ed van der Elsken exhibition at the Jeu de Paume displays a large selection of some of his most...
14 Jun 2016 - 24 Sep 2017
Jeu de Paume
Paris
Exhibitions
Life World. Photography from the CIAC Collection
Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo presents Life World, a selection of photographic works from the Collection...
27 Feb 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo
Turin
Exhibitions
Ed van der Elsken
The exhibition on the work by Ed van der Elsken at the Bárbara de Braganza Hall in Madrid is the largest...
25 Jan 2018 - 20 May 2018
Fundación MAPFRE
Madrid
Exhibitions
The Moment is Eternity – Works from the Olbricht Collection
The Moment is Eternity features selected works, around 300 by 60 different artists, from the Olbricht...
26 Sep 2018 - 01 Apr 2019
Berlin
Exhibitions
Ed van der Elsken: HK the way it is
Celebrating the 5th Anniversary of the museum, F11 Foto Museum presents “HONG KONG the way it was”...
03 Oct 2019 - 28 Feb 2020
F11 Foto Museum
Hong Kong