Ed van der Elsken

Ed van der Elsken

The work of the Dutch photographer and filmmaker Ed van der Elsken (1925-1990) revolved around years spent travelling, and the characters he encountered along the way. Born in Amsterdam, he was almost completely self-taught. His seemingly raw work is less concerned with traditional technique and composition and moreso with the evocation of atmosphere surrounding people and place.

His imagery provides quotidian, intimate and autobiographic perspectives on the European zeitgeist spanning the period of the Second World War into the 1970’s in the realms of love, sex, art, music (particularly jazz), and alternative culture.