Ed van der Elsken
Ed van der Elsken (1925 -1990), 'enfant terrible' of Dutch photography, started to photograph at the end of the 1940s. In the 1950s he left Holland for Paris. There he photographed the bohemian society of Saint-Germain-de-Prés. He turned his photographs into a photographic novel. 'Love on the Left Bank' which instantly made him world famous.
Van der Elsken was married to the photographer Ata Kando for one year (1954-1955). With his second wife, Gerda van der Veen he traveled around the globe while photographing.
In 1959, he came to Japan for the first time and built close relationships with Eikoh Hosoe and other members of the influential photographers’ group VIVO. His influence on the Japanese photography world was immense. Japan was also an important photographic subject for Elsken, who visited Japan several times again from 1984-1988, where he had a large exhibition in Tokyo. The Dutch Ministry of Culture awarded him a grant in 1987 to complete a book on Japan. ‘De Ontdekking van Japan’ was published in 1988. On returning from a trip to Korea which was meant to result in a book about that country, Van der Elsken heard that he was suffering from terminal cancer.
Van der Elsken's work is highly subjective. His approach was confrontational, embracing the bright as well as the darker sides of human life. The unconventional technique and the gritty snapshot-like quality of his work have been of great importance in the development of contemporary photography.
#59 Yōjo - Jeremy Stigter & the IBASHO Collection3 Jun - 6 Aug 2023IBASHO is delighted to announce the opening of “Yōjo”, an exhibition developed in close collaboration with the Dutch photographer Jeremy Stigter. “Yōjo”, a Japanese concept that can be translated as...Read more
#53 Toshi-CitySummer group exhibition 25 Jun - 28 Aug 2022For the 2022 Summer group exhibition IBASHO has chosen the city ('Toshi' in Japanese) as a theme. Who thinks of Japanese cities, thinks of Tokyo first. This hypermodern city in...Read more
#18 THE GALLERY CLUB AND IBASHO PRESENT WESTERN EYES ON JAPAN11 - 12 Mar 2017On Saturday March 11 and Sunday March 12, 2017 The Gallery Club and IBASHO present Western Eyes on Japan Work by Rasa Anaityte, Zaza Bertrand, Ed van der Elsken, William...Read more
#07 Western Eyes on Japan14 Jan - 14 Feb 2016Photography was introduced to Japan by foreigners in the new era of openness in the mid-nineteenth century, and has taken an enormous flight. Throughout the last one and a half...Read more