The opening exhibition at the new Hague Museum of Photography addresses nothing less than the entire history of photography in the Netherlands. Following the appearance of a Dutch-language book of the same name edited by Wim van Sinderen, the museum presents work by 226 photographers from the earliest days of the medium right through to the present. The book discusses the photographers in alphabetical order, each being illustrated with a single photograph. The individual biographies incorporate links to other photographers in the book, revealing how they influenced each other, where schools or groupings existed and where there are stylistic and technical similarities.
By contrast, the exhibition will be ordered chronologically and thematically and will include just over two hundred photographs, since some of those in the book are joint efforts. The themes will include not just portrait, landscape, still life, documentary and news, advertising, sports and autonomous photography, but also more specialist areas like aerial, wildlife and architectural photography. The names featured include: Hans Aarsman, Emmy Andriesse, Celine van Balen, Henri Berssenbrugge, Eva Besnyo, Paul Blanca, Blommers & Schumm, George Hendrik Breitner, Koos Breukel, Anton Corbijn, Rineke Dijkstra, John Fernhout, Gerard Fieret, Martijn van de Griendt, Paul Huf, Johan van der Keuken, Paul Kooiker, Inez van Lamsweerde, Dana Lixenberg, Lucebert, Bertien van Manen, Vincent Mentzel, Peter Martens, Bert Sissingh, Karel Tomei, Gerard Wessel and Piet Zwart. The book Fotografen in Nederland. Een anthologie 1852-2002 (ISBN 90-76588-35-X, hardcover, 464 pages, 350 full-colour illustrations) is published by Ludion, € 49.50.