The Nederlands Fotomuseum collects and administers complete archives of Dutch photographers. In addition, the museum has an active acquisition policy. Funding for the acquisitions is provided by the Mondriaan Fund and the Fotomuseum Collectors Council.

Acquisitions 2022

  • Cynthia Boll, Project Sinking Cities, Jakarta (2014-2019): series of five large photos (60x80 cm) and ten medium-sized photos (40x60 cm)
  • Andrea Stultiens: assignment to make own work in conjunction with the photos of Paul Julien (archive managed by Nederlands Fotomuseum). The project will be realized in 2023.
  • Jan Banning, Bureaucratics (2008): book and exhibition project, purchase of sixteen prints and donation of sixteen additional prints.
  • Erwin Olaf, Mind of their own (1995): complete series of all original prints of the 1995 book Mind of their own. 38 prints, including unpublished preliminary studies and photographs from Still Life (1994) for 'View on Color' magazine. The negatives are also kept by the Nederlands Fotomuseum.
  • Piet Zwart: acquisition of six prints and twelve negatives by Kurt Schwitters and photographs taken in Haarlem. Addition to the negatives archive of Piet Zwart, already managed by the museum.
  • Annette Behrens, (in matters of) Karl: acquisition of four edition prints and the artist's publication. The project was exhibited at the Nederlands Fotomuseum in 2015 in the exhibition Looking for Karl.

Acquisitions 2021

  • Paul de Nooijer: selection of 31 photographs from the oeuvre, including Electriclawnmowingiron from 1977 - this work is on permanent display in the Gallery of Honour of Dutch Photography.
  • Teun Hocks, 082. Untitled (1990) and 206. Untitled (2004): acquisition of two unique works, oil on toned gelatin silver print, edition of 3.
  • Dustin Thierry, Opulence, Ritchy Princess of the House of LaDurée at the ‘On The Cover of Vogue’ Ball under direction by Zueira Mizrahi, Berlin, 2018. Uit: Opulence, 2018. On display in the Gallery of Honour of Dutch Photography.
  • Anouk Kruithof, Neutral (openhearted), 2015: installation, on display in the Gallery of Honour of Dutch Photography, and all (artist) books published by Kruithof.
  • Jaya Pelupessy, Developing Tray - Edition Nederlands Fotomuseum, Backdrop - Edition Nederlands Fotomuseum and Tweezers, all from the series The Studio Sculptures, 2021.
  • Gilleam Trapenberg, This Surely Must be Paradise, 2017-2020: four works from the series. Kimani (2019) is on permanent display in the Gallery of Honour of Dutch Photography.
  • Ilja Meefout, Snoop Dogg (diptych)On display in the Gallery of Honour of Dutch Photography.
  • Sanja Marušić, Flowers in December, 2015-2016: thirteen works from the series, different sizes. The works were displayed at the 2023 exhibition Out of this Worldand one of the photos is on permanent display in the Gallery of Honour of Dutch Photography.
  • Rineke Dijkstra, Official portrait of King Willem-Alexander (2014).
  • Ellen Thorbecke, Ellen Catleen, Sri Lanka (voorm. Ceylon), ca. 1935: six original black-and-white prints, the negatives of which are missing from the archive of Ellen Thorbecke (under the management of the museum). In 2021, the Ellen Thorbecke's China exhibition was on display.
  • Ruben Lundgren, Real Dreams, 2021: Artist's book/special edition. Limited and signed print on 40x58 cm of one of the eight photos (edition of 20). Donation of two additional inkjet prints.

Acquisitions 2020

  • Henk Wildschut, Rooted: twenty-seven prints of various sizes including contact print of each purchased image.
  • Dana Lixenberg, Tupac Shakur (1993) and Christopher Wallace (Biggie) (1996): four photos in different sizes, two portraits of each artist. One photo in black and white and one in color were acquired from both subjects.
  • Marwan Bassiouni: four works from the New Dutch Views series and five works from the Prayer Rug Selfies series. Bassiouni donated a dummy of his first publication to the museum.
  • Laurence Aëgerter: five works from the Cathédrales series, one work from the Cathédrales hermétiques series, and Photographic Treatment ©. Aëgerter donated an original copy of the book Cathédrales et Églises de France to the museum.
  • Sara Blokland, Reproduction of Family Part 2 and Related: A Photographic Performance (2007), on permanent display in the Gallery of Honour of Dutch Photography.
  • Ed van der Elsken: the Nederlands Fotomuseum, together with the Rijksmuseum, has acquired the remaining estate of Ed van der Elsken. This was partly donated, partly purchased. More than 3,000 contact sheets and 300 photos.
  • Lamia Naji, Parcours Rotterdam, 1996: complete series of van 25 original silver gelatin prints.



Acquisitions 2009
  Book Oog om oog (1964) by Sanne Sannes
  Book Why Mister Why? Iraq 2003-2004 (2004) by Geert van Kesteren
•  Film Phantom by Roy Villevoye
Presentation: Film lounge in the Nederlands Fotomuseum
  Book Kerven (2000) by Roy Villevoye
  Book Van de Tijd en de Tropen - Honduras (2002) by Hannes Wallrafen
  Photo project The originality of the avant-garde and other modern myths (former Central Post Office Rotterdam, 2008) by Susanne Kriemann

presentation: web exhibition
  Book Portraits & camera's 1949-2009 by Hans Eijkelboom

Analogue and digital sequel to Biography 1949-1996 (Provincial Museum for Photography, Antwerp). The Nederlands Fotomuseum acquired a portfolio with 60 prints in an edition of four copies - presentation: web exhibition
  Book Bouwlust (1999) by Theo Baart

Presentation: pictures and book complete online

Acquisitions 2008
  Book project Every Week a New Book (2007) by Wil van Iersel
Presentation: exhibition (2008) and as web project in which a different book is shown on the homepage every week (2009)
  Book Bertien van Manen's Honderd Zomers, Honderd Winters (1994)
Presentation: pictures and book complete online
  Interactive version of the book Any Resemblance to Existing Persons is Purely Coincidental.
Stories of Mr. Wood. Bombay - Los Angeles (2006) by Vanessa van Dam and Martine Stig
On the basis of a scenario, Stig and Van Dam visited Bombay and Los Angeles looking for the fictive 'Mr. Wood'. This digital version allows the viewer to see and compare the visual results of the quest for Mr. Wood. 
Presentation: exhibition (2008)
  Collectie Andy Warhol by Loodwicks Press Images

Presentation: exhibition (2008)

Acquisitions 2007
  Books Hollandse Taferelen (1989) by Hans Aarsman and his Aarsman's Amsterdam (1997)
Presentation: pictures and books complete online in combination with free download and book-signing action (2007), see web article
  Giflandschap. Vervuilde locaties en landschappen in Nederland (1992) by Wout Berger. Complete set of prints from this important book 
Presentation: pictures and book complete online
  Go No Go (2003) by Ad van Denderen
Presentation: pictures and book complete online
•  Diergaarde Blijdorp by Helena van der Kraan. With a view to publication (as yet unrealized), she made a unique series of colour photos of animals and visitors in Diergaarde Blijdorp (zoo) in 2001-02.
Presentation: web exhibition

Previous years 
•  Schone Schijn (2002) by Hannes Wallrafen, DVD acquired
  Postlatent. Onbedoelde fotografie (2002) by Loodwicks Press Images

  Broedplaats Europoort v/h De Beer (2005) by Paul Bogaers

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