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Best known for Sweet Life (1966) – a joyful chronicle of 14 months spent travelling the world – Ed van der Elsken helped to create a newly direct form of documentary photography, emphasising and celebrating the photographer’s personal, subjective role in depicting the world around them. This show – drawn from the extensive archives recently bequeathed to the Rijksmuseum by Van der Elsken’s estate – reveals the painstaking work that went into creating this impression of naturalism. Mock-ups of photo-books, annotated contact sheets and designs for book covers are shown alongside works from Sweet Life and other series, demonstrating Elsken’s constant experimentation. Find out more from the Rijksmuseum’s website.
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