Photo: Bert Nienhuis  1 December 2008

A Retrospective

From 22 December 2008 to 5 April 2009, the Jewish Historical Museum will present the first major retrospective of the work of photographer Bert Nienhuis, This exhibition, planned in close cooperation with Nienhuis, will feature a remarkable selection of his portraits and documentary photographs from the period 1972-2008. Many of these photos first appeared in the weekly magazine Vrij Nederland.

Since the 1970s, the photographer Bert Nienhuis (1944) has created an impressive photographic oeuvre, in which portraits and social documentary play a central role. From 1975 to the present, he has taken countless portraits of Dutch and international celebrities for the weekly magazine Vrij Nederland. Nienhuis' portraits form a historic archive of inestimable value. His fresh, unaffected style and eye for telling details have earned him great popularity as a portrait photographer.

Nienhuis' versatility and social engagement came to the fore in his documentary work for Vrij Nederland's well-known weekly supplements in the 1970s and 80s. He emerged as a socially engaged photographer, documenting changes in Dutch society with groundbreaking series about unemployment, immigration, and the daily lives of Jews in the Netherlands. In the 1980s, at the request of the Jewish Historical Museum, he photographed Jewish life in the Netherlands.

The exhibition will include a short film about Bert Nienhuis by the documentary filmmakers Thomas Doebele and Maarten Schmidt, which will also be broadcast on Dutch television in early 2009 by the Joodse Omroep, a Jewish broadcasting corporation. The film was produced by René Mendel of Interakt.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Uitgeverij Atlas is publishing the book Foto Bert Nienhuis, introduced by Gerard van Westerloo and Mariette Haveman and designed by Victor Levie.

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