Ed van der Elsken
1925 Amsterdam - 1990 Edam The Netherlands

Short biography
In 1943, Ed van der Elsken studied at Instituut voor Kunstnijverheidsonderwijs, the predecessor of the Rietveld Academy (dir. Mart Stam). Encounters with the magazine Picture Post and the book Naked City from Weegee, inspired him to enroll at the Fotovakschool in The Hague. At the suggestion of Dutch photographer Emmy Andriesse (1914-1953) he moves in 1950 to Paris. He is employed in the darkrooms of the Magnum photography agency, printing for Henri Cartier-Bresson (who was impressed with his street photography), Robert Capa and Ernst Haas. In Paris he met Vali Myers (1930–2003) who became the haunting kohl-eyed heroine of his photo-novel "Een liefdesgeschiedenis in Saint-Germain-des-Prés" (Love on the left bank). Much of his work subjectively documented his own energetic and eccentric life experience, presaging the work of Larry Clark, Nan Goldin or Wolfgang Tillmans.

Upon on moving back to Amsterdam, he started recording films and traveling extensively to Congo, South Africa, Tokyo and Hong Kong. His street photography or social documentary photographs providing quotidian, intimite and autobiographic perspectives on the 'zeitgeist'.

Love on the left bank, Jazz and Sweet Life are published in the "bible" of books: The Photobook, A History I by Martin Parr and Gerry Badger.

Recent exhibitions
Annet Gelink Gallery Amsterdam, Kicken Berlin, Howard Greenberg Gallery New York, The Photographers' Gallery London, Galerie Agathe Gaillard Paris, Galerie F 5,6 München, Nederlands Fotomuseum Rotterdam, Museum voor Fotografie Antwerpen, FOAM Amsterdam, De Hallen Haarlem.

Top auction result
$ 6.152

Average auction results
$ 1.000 - $ 3.000

For inquiries please contact the gallery at info@fotokabinet.nl