In 2013 and 2014, thanks to a donation from Jan Wingender and a Mondriaan Fonds subsidy, the Nederlands Fotomuseum was able to purchase the photo books of Jan Wingender.
A special collection
Jan Wingender’s book collection comprises some 7,000 photo books. He started collecting the work of Dutch photographers in earnest from the mid-sixties and gradually transformed his house into a veritable photography library as the collection steadily expanded. In recent years, specialists and photography curators have come to regard Wingender’s collection and catalogue, as well as his knowledge and expertise, as invaluable resources when putting together exhibitions and publications.
The photo books from his collection are now kept at the Nederlands Fotomuseum. Both the collection and catalogue can be viewed by prior appointment with our librarian. You can find the inventory list of the Wingender Collection here.
From 16 September til 7 January 2018, the Nederlands Fotomuseum presents the exhibiton 'The Collection Wingender. Extraordinary Dutch Photobooks' which will show a selection from this rich collection.
About Jan Wingender
Jan Wingender (1934) was born and raised in the Jordaan in Amsterdam. After his vocational training, he started teaching at a technical college in Amersfoort. A visit to the ‘Family of Man’ exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum in 1956 made an enormous impression on him and sparked his interest in taking up photography himself. He also began collecting photo books, and his collection steadily grew to include more than 7,000 titles.