Ed van der Elsken

Author(s): David Campany

photography monographs

Known for his unconventional technique and gritty, evocative images of people and places, Ed van der Elsken was a self- taught photographer whose work documented his own life and travels. This book offers a definitive overview of van der Elsken's entire oeuvre, including his groundbreaking photo novel, Love on the Left Bank and his paean to 1950s Amsterdam, Once Upon a Time. On display at Amsterdam's famed Stedelijk Museum, the exhibition at the center of this book focuses on the museum's extensive collection of van der Elsken's prints, and on the renowned installations he mounted there during his lifetime. Essays reveal the photographer's early influences, including Weegee, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Robert Capa, while also showing how his confident, unorthodox, and self-expressionist style paved the way for late 20th-century photographers, including Larry Clark, Nan Goldin, and Wolfgang Tillmans.


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DAVID CAMPANY is a writer, curator and artist, working mainly with photography. He contributed to the book Constructing Worlds (Prestel/Barbican).HRIPSIME VISSER is Curator for photography at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. She studied art history, with a specialization in photography, at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands.

General Fields

  • : 9783791383255
  • : Prestel
  • : Prestel
  • : February 2017
  • : April 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : David Campany
  • : Hardback
  • : 240