Ed van der Elsken (1925-1990), the 'enfant terrible' of Dutch photography, was a talented photographer and filmmaker who expressed his meetings with people in photos, photobooks and films for more than 40 years. Strolling through cities such as Paris, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Amsterdam, or travelling through Africa and Japan, he preferably took photographs of striking individuals with character. His first photobook was published in 1956, Love on the Left Bank, which instantly made him world-famous. Some twenty photobooks followed. He also made several television films, mostly about subjects regarding his own life. 

The exhibition Lust for Life | Ed van der Elsken in Colour is on show at the Nederlands Fotomuseum from 25 May until 6 October 2019. 

Self portrait, Ginza, Tokyo (1986) - Nederlands Fotomuseum / © Ed van der Elsken


The Nederlands Fotomuseum manages the archive of Ed van der Elsken. Have a look at more photographs by Ed van der Elsken in our image bank.

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