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Ed van der Elsken’s Camera in Love

Camera in Love,” a new show at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam presents an overview of the work of Ed van der Elsken, the celebrated Dutch photographer and filmmaker who died in 1990. Known for his inspired street photography, the show collects images he made of splashy characters and beautiful women in Paris, Amsterdam, Hong Kong and Tokyo from the 1950s to the 1980s. Also included are images from some of the more than 20 books he published, including his landmark 1956 Love on the Left Bank, which mixed images shot in a documentary style with fictional texts to tell a story of Parisian bohemian life. As Nan Goldin writes in a catalogue of the show, when she first saw Love on the Left Bank, “I realized I had just met my predecessor. My real predecessor. The feeling was similar to that of meeting a lover, or that I had found a brother. Somehow he was able to document life in the truest way, and always finding beauty and staying connected to otherwise mundane. He had a unique way of transporting himself into the scene.”

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