Rotterdam in the Picture. 175 Years of Photography in Rotterdam

In Events and Exhibitions / February 10, 2015

Cas Oorthuys, Op de veerboot heen en veer, 1950. Collectie Nederlands Fotomuseum. Image © Cas Oorthuys / Nederlands Fotomuseum. Used here by kind permission. All rights reserved.
Cas Oorthuys, Op de veerboot heen en veer, 1950. Collectie Nederlands Fotomuseum. Image © Cas Oorthuys / Nederlands Fotomuseum. Used here by kind permission. All rights reserved.

Tough, brutal, dynamic, modern: Rotterdam knows no fear! For no fewer than 175 years, the way in which the city has been recurrently renovated, revamped and altered, in a persistent process of construction, demolition, reconstruction and expansion, has been carefully and lovingly depicted. High-rise, space, water and wind have consistently determined the atmosphere in this multicultural, international city that longs to become a metropolis. In the past 175 years, the process of change has led to many exceptional photographic assignments, photos and photo series.

Since the invention of the medium of photography, there has never been an exhibition on Rotterdam that has given such a broad representation of the city and of the photography used to produce this representation. Rotterdam in the Picture displays a tough city, a multicultural, constructive and dynamic city, a city that is always under development. The built environment receives great attention, as does the harbour, the striking architecture and the people that make the city what it is.

Either independently or on assignment, photographers from Rotterdam, the Netherlands and abroad have been partly responsible for forming the image of the city. Photographers have developed a vision of the city and given it a countenance. This has helped determine how the city is regarded by external observers, which, in turn, has had an effect upon the way in which Rotterdammers themselves view their city. The image of the city and the city as an image converge here in renowned photographic highlights and unknown material.

Alphons Hustinx, Meent Rotterdam, 1940. Collectie Beeldbank WO2. Image © Alphons Hustinx / Beeldbank WO2. Used here by kind permission. All rights reserved.
Alphons Hustinx, Meent Rotterdam, 1940. Collectie Beeldbank WO2. Image © Alphons Hustinx / Beeldbank WO2. Used here by kind permission. All rights reserved.

Rotterdam in the Picture: 175 Years of Photography in Rotterdam is based on a study that the Nederlands Fotomuseum commissioned Joop de Jong to perform. This exhibition presents many photos from the Museum’s own collection, supplemented by loans from the Rotterdam City Archives, the Royal Archives, the Railway Museum, the Maria Austria Institute, Rotterdam Museum, and the Extraordinary Collections of the University of Leiden.

Photographers in the exhibition
Freek van Arkel, J.Baer, Andor von Barsy, Gabriele Basilico, Henri Berssenbrugge, Alphonse van Besten, Eva Besnyö, W. Bleuzé, Boudewijn Bollmann, Marrie Bot, Kim Bouvy, Gaston Braun, George Breitner, Ger Burg, Wouter Cool, John Davies, Cornelis Deltenre, François van Dijk, Adrienne van Eekelen, Bernard F. Eilers, Wally Elenbaas, Franz von Erckens, J.L. Faassen, Gilbert Fastenaekens, Francis Frith, W. Ganter, Alexis & Frères Gaudin, J. Van Gorkum, Johann Hameter, Robert de Hartogh, Carel van Hees, Jacob van der Hoeven, Alphons Hustinx, Andries Jager, Marijn de Jong, Rince de Jong, Henk Jonker, Jan Kamman, Bart Kemps, the Klumpes brothers, Jan Koelinga, Helena van der Kraan, Karel Kramer, Suzanne Kriemann, Germaine Krull, J. Kuipers, Gustave Larauza, C.A.G. Leyenaar, Jannes Linders, Jan van Maanen, Paul Martens, Peter Martens, Pieter van der Meer, Vincent Mentzel, Carl-Emil Mögle, Kees Molkenboer, Munnich & Ermerins, Cornelis Nieuwland, Evert van Ojen, Cas Oorthuys, Pieter Oosterhuis, Julius Perger, Hayo Piebenga, Gebr. Pieterman, Frans von Pöppinghausen, Bas Princen, E. Radermacher, Joop Reyngoud, J. van Rhijn, P.W. Roemer, Jan Roovers, Frits J. Rotgans, Gerco de Ruijter, Daria Scagliola, Jan Schaper, J. Schotel, Janine Schrijver, Paul Schuitema, Harry Sengers, John Sherrington, Ruud Sies, Otto Snoek, Sara Lydia Stahl-Van Hoboken, Richard Strauss, H.J. Tollens, Robert F. Turing, Ellie Uyttenbroek, Daniël van de Ven, Ari Versluis, C. Vreedenburgh, Jan Vrijhof, Hans Werlemann, Gerard Wessel, Ed van Wijk, Hans Wilschut, L. van de Winkel, Peter Wotke, Steef Zoetmulder.

With thanks to: Ministry of Education, Culture and Science | Municipality of Rotterdam | BankGiro Lottery | Prins Bernhard Culture Fund | Wertheimer Fund | OVG | Port of Rotterdam |

Otto Snoek, Hoogstraat, 2012. Image © Otto Snoek. Used here by kind permission. All rights reserved.
Otto Snoek, Hoogstraat, 2012. Image © Otto Snoek. Used here by kind permission. All rights reserved.

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