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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Ed Van der Elsken

Born: Eduard Van der Elsken 
Dates:  1925, 10 March - 1990, 28 December
Born:  The Netherlands, Amsterdam
Active:  The Netherlands
Highly respected Dutch photographer who produced a vast range of books and films covering his travels around the world. Between 1950 and 1954 he lived in Paris and documented the love life of Ann (the real life painter Vali Myers) and the photographs were published in the 1956 photobook classic Love on the Left Bank (Holland: Export printing office W. vonk).
A 2019 exhibition at the Nederlands Fotomuseum entitled "Lust for Life" included a comprehensive overview of his colour photography.
The archive of Ed Van der Elsken is held by the Nederlands Fotomuseum and includes his negatives and over 42,000 colour slides.

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Ed Van der Elsken
Self portrait of Ed van der Elsken with his wife Ata Kando (and his Leica), Paris 
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Getty Research, Los Angeles, USA has an ULAN (Union List of Artists Names Online) entry for this photographer. This is useful for checking names and they frequently provide a brief biography. Go to website

Printed biographies

The following books are useful starting points to obtain brief biographies but they are not substitutes for the monographs on individual photographers.

• Evans, Martin Marix (Executive ed.) 1995 Contemporary Photographers [Third Edition] (St. James Press - An International Thomson Publishing Company) [Expensive reference work but highly informative.] 
• Lenman, Robin (ed.) 2005 The Oxford Companion to the Photograph (Oxford: Oxford University Press)  [Includes a short biography on Ed Van der Elsken.] 

Useful printed stuff

If there is an analysis of a single photograph or a useful self portrait I will highlight it here.

• Gruber, Renate and L. Fritz Gruber 1982 The Imaginary Photo Museum (New York: Harmony Books) p.246 
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