Ed van der Elsken was Dutch street photographer from the 1950s and 60s.
The shots the took of the people on the streets of Amsterdam are rather well known in The Netherlands.
Van der Elsken perfectly grabbed a moment in time: the punks, the hippies and hipsters, the abandoned buildings in the former Jewish Quarter after the war, the bohemians of Amsterdam, of which he was one.
Ed van der Elsen was born in Amsterdam in 1925. He lived in Paris and travels often to Africa, Japan and Hong Kong, always working as photographer and making films. In 1979 Ed van der Elsken and graphic designer Anthon Beeke put together a photo book containing his Amsterdam photos.
Amsterdam! Ed van der Elsken
In May 2014 the book was reprinted. The celebrate the new edition, the Amsterdam City Archives has an exhibition on Van der Elsken’s work that worth visiting: Amsterdam! Ed van der Elsken, old photos 1947-1970.
Amsterdam City Archives (Stadsarchief) is huge building that dedicates itself to the collection and safekeeping of Amsterdam’s archives and thereby the city’s history. The buidling is a monnument itself located in the city centre on Vijzelstraat, nearby the Rembrandt Square. It’s a former bank, designe by Karel de Bazel (the building is also known as The Bazel) in the style of Art Deco. A permanent exhibiton and many of the rooms are free to visit.
Visit the Amsterdam City Archives (Stadsarchief)
1017 HL Amsterdam
Exhibition Amsterdam! Ed van der Elsken, oude foto’s 1947-1970
Dates: 6 June – 14 September 2014
Open on Tuesday – Friday 10.00 – 17.00 and Weekend 12.00 – 17.00
Entrance to expo € 6, free for Museum Card and City Card Amsterdam
Amsterdam in 1983, a film by Ed van der Elsken