The Nederlands Fotomuseum will present a long-awaited retrospective of Cas Oorthuys’s work from 15 September 2018. Recently, the Nederlands Fotomuseum started digitize all 442 albums of contact prints compiled by Cas Oorthuys, one of the most influential of all Dutch photographers. In recent years, there has been a growing awareness of the historic nature of these fragile albums and the need to conserve them properly as part of the photographic heritage of the Netherlands. For this reason, the museum wishes to stop using them as a working tool in the management of the Oorthuys archive and instead to preserve them as a unique historic artefact. In order to maintain access to the Oorthuys archive, the museum has decided to digitize the entire set of albums. This is of the biggest digitization projects in the history of Dutch photography. New research being conducted on the albums of contact prints and on the huge archive with its many vintage prints is likely to produce fresh insights, which will be showcased in the exhibition.
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The Nederlands Fotomuseum is appealing to the Dutch public for help in identifying the contents of photographs taken by Cas Oorthuys, among the most influential of all 20th-century Dutch photographers. Anyone is able to study the photos in the Oorthuys archive online and provide information on the contents. Read more