Dutch photography from the 18th century to the present

24 May 2023

Jimbo Noels


An interview with Jimbo Noels, a contemporary climate artist who uses his photographs in collages and paintings for increased impact. I purchased several of his art works and had a long conversation with this sympathetic world traveler.

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16 February 2020

Emma Couperus

1885 - 1979

Having never deigned to touch a camera herself, Couperus nonetheless created a peculiar photographic oeuvre.

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26 November 2017

Els Kavelaar

1935 - 2004

Psychiatrist Els Kavelaar proved that photography can be used as a tool to make diagnoses. She had her clients pose in front of the camera and asked searching, personal questions. Using a motor drive, she made countless photos for psychiatric evaluation.

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Work from Henricus Engelen on show in the Van GoghHuis

—30 September 2017

Photographers from the Collection in the Dutch Photography Museum

—14 June 2017

Recent acquisition

—8 January 2017

Page from a new photo album in the collection reading: Taking photographs is also an art

21 November 2016

Ine Wiegers

1897 - 1965

Working in complete isolation, Ine Wiegers created an unusually original oeuvre in fashion photography. Her insights are as fresh today as they were 60 years ago.

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3 November 2016

Piet Treep

1870 - 1934

As an architecture painter he was a failure, but as a producer of postcards Piet Treep was one of the most important representatives of his time. Many of his cards can be seen as a combination of genres: group portraits and architecture.

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15 October 2015

Henricus Engelen

1783 - 1847

Van Gogh’s influence on modern culture is stronger than ever and it is hard to overestimate his reputation. Nevertheless, an in-depth investigation of a newly discovered manuscript suggests that his influence goes much further than has been imagined up until now. This so-called Engelen-manuscript by an unknown biologist from Van Gogh’s hometown has the potential to send shockwaves through the art world with the proof that Van Gogh’s genius was so powerful that it is/was not constrained to temporal constants and influenced at least one other person who preceded Van Gogh by several years.

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20 November 2014

Alex Heuvelkering


In the eighties, Alex Heuvelkering studied chemistry at the University of Leiden. He also completed various autonomous photo projects, none of which has been made public. The publication of the work of this autodidact may therefore be rightfully called a scoop.

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New monograph: Party Photographer

—9 October 2014

5 October 2014

Julia Luudens


Julia Luudens was one of the first ‘post-modern’ photographers at the end of last century that staged her photographs. As an autodidact, she played no role in the world of photography and worked completely intuitively. That may explain why her work is so different from other photography of the seventies.

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16 July 2014

Pep Jansen

1931 - 1969

Pep Jansen probably is the only dedicated party photographer in the history of Dutch photography. His intimate and complex images breathe the Amsterdam party atmosphere of the sixties.

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Retrospective De Bock installation shots

—9 November 2013

Retrospective De Bock in Walden Affairs

—13 October 2013

On Friday October 25, my exhibition Great men will open in Walden Affairs. In one of the rooms work from the De Nooy Collection will be shown: a retrospective exhibition of the work of Théophile de Bock. Many of his photographs and paintings will be presented. It is the first comprehensive exhibition of De Bock in over a century.


26 March 2013

Ad Backx

1933 - 2011

The man who always photographed his wife from behind.

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Work from the De Nooy Collection on show in Extrapool

—20 February 2013
19 February 2013

Elbertus Donkerwolk

1810 - 1859

One of the most underrated figures in Dutch history may well be the hairdresser/photographer/entrepreneur Elbertus Donkerwolk. This charming figure excelled in many areas and he was one of the first known portrait photographers in the Netherlands: his earliest successful recordings date from 1842! The fact that his name is now forgotten may perhaps be due to the fact that he was above all a hairdresser.

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24 November 2012

Jos de Munk

1856 - 1923

The albumen prints shown here, I found on the street in a shoebox with old photos. They were put there to be taken away as trash. Through the owners of the pictures, I managed to trace their creator: Jos de Munk, tobacco seller from Rotterdam. These are most likely the only surviving photographs of this quiet man, who, in his spare time, appears to have been a passionate amateur naturalist and photographer.

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Recent acquisition - August 2012

—12 September 2012

Recent acquisition - April 2012

—6 May 2012

Painting from the The Hague School-painter Théophile de Bock that I bought at marktplaats.nl for 375 euro. This painting appears to be a confirmation of my theory that he used photographs as visual examples for his work (see also Théophile de Bock on this website).

11 April 2012

Anja van Buuren


In the seventies, Anja van Buuren photographed her most intimate moments and those of her friend Merel. They had an open relationship with different partners. She recorded her life in photographs and diary notes.

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Recent acquisition - March 2012

—8 April 2012

Sparrows in a garden, exactly 90 years ago. I found those pictures on a second hand market. Each photograph 6×9 cm.

Installation views exhibition GEMAK, The Hague (until April 29)

—28 March 2012

6 March 2012

Johanna Vliegenthart


One of the most notable photographers of the seventies was the paranormal Johanna Vliegenthart. She combined her extraordinary gifts with inventive photographic methods. The pictures shown here, I found at the annual paranormal fair in The Hague.

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2 March 2012

Adriaan Paauw

1765 - 1792

The most spectacular discovery in my career as a photo collector was without doubt the work of Adriaan Paauw, most likely the first inventor of photography. During a routine visit to the weekly antique market in The Hague, one of the dealers showed me a tin box containing a well-thumbed copy of an eighteenth-century scientific literature classic – the Chemische Abhandlung von der Luft und dem Feuer by the Swedish chemist Carl Wilhelm Scheele. The box also included photographic artefacts which I recognized as some kind of salt prints and two notebooks dated 1788 and 1789 by a certain Adriaan Paauw. Intensive study of this material has shown that the salt prints by Adriaan Paauw are the earliest photographs ever made.

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27 February 2012

Fien Huijbregts

1910 - 1977

Fien Huijbregts has had only a short career as photographer. Around 1930, she formed part of the surrealist movement in Brussels. In Dutch photography, surrealism is essentially non-existent, and Huijbregts is an important exception. Her work is informed by her remarkable ability to see a different reality in ordinary objects.

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Part of the De Nooy Collection exhibited in GEMAK

—26 February 2012

Invite to the exhibition

Some years ago, at a printing company in Schiedam, I found the lost edition of Haarscherp, a feminist photo magazine from 1977. Haarscherp has never been published, but, as it appears now, the first number has been printed. Shortly before publication was due, the editors got mixed up in a violent quarrel and the magazine was abandoned. I bought the entire run and present the work of several photographers from the magazine in this exhibition.

20 February 2012

Théophile de Bock

1851 - 1904

Théophile de Bock is still relatively famous because he assisted with the Panorama Mesdag, was regularly mentioned in the letters of Van Gogh and because several streets in The Netherlands bear his name. As an independent painter however, he has been practically forgotten. The discovery of this series of photographs could well change this situation since it sheds a completely new light on his painting activities. Moreover, De Bock appears to be one of the few nineteenth-century landscape photographer in the history of Dutch photography.

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15 February 2012

Yvon de Korte

1948 - 1979

Besides photography, Yvon de Korte also made movies, drawings and paintings. At the time of the Dutch feminist photomagazine Haarscherp (1977), she had just won an important film prize. Shortly after, she died in an accident.

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15 February 2012

Sammy Hegontvlug


Socially critical female photographer who published, amongst others, in the feminist photo magazine Haarscherp.

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14 January 2012

Ankie Geeneen


Photographer from the feminist photo magazine Haarscherp.

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22 October 2011

Jacques Oostvogels

1796 - 1849

I purchased this remarkable series of cyanotypes, made around 1845, from a distant relative of Jacques Oostvogels. Study of the photographs  and research into the life of their maker is in full swing.

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8 April 2011


1968 - 1971

Photographs from an incomplete album that I bought on a second hand market.

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3 March 2011

Egbert van Zwan


The computer scientist Egbert van Zwan photographed because he needed work for his scientific research in the field of image recognition. When it appeared that the computer models he developed did not function the way he envisioned, he gave up his scientific project as well as his photographic efforts.

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3 March 2011

Eddy Zuidhoek

~1915 - 1987

After the death of Eddy Zuidhoek, I bought his remaining photographs via his sister, who had no interest in his work. Zuidhoek was the only thought photographer in the history of Dutch photography.

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3 March 2011

Eline Portman

1879 - 1928

On the internet I found a series of more than three hundred remarkable photographs. The theme of most of them was the family, however it also contained a fairly uniform series of outdoor portraits. This aroused my curiosity and via the seller of the photographs I tracked down the originator, Eline Portman.

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