dinsdag 1 januari 2008

The L.P. Polhuis archive an ordinary family album Snapshot Photography

Even by snapshot standards, the images in this charming book are exceptional. Leo Polhuis started photographing his first baby in 1959 and only stopped photographing his family in 1981, when he became ill. Polhius photographed, almost like an anthropologist, all family activities with the enthusiasm typical of a Dutch amateur. Many of these images overlap with current documentary practice and, in this sense, his work seems ahead of its time. Most archives or albums are haphazard, but presented here is a body of work that clearly demonstrates the meticulous devotion of a family man who, over the course of two decades, became a photographer.

About the Author

Frits Gierstberg is a writer and Head of Exhibitions at the Netherlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam.Stephen Bull is an artist and writer based in Brighton, UK. He is currently Course Director for Photography at Portsmouth University, UK. Martin Parr is a key figure in the world of photography, widely recognized as a brilliant satirist of contemporary life. He is the author of over 30 photography books, including Common Sense, Our True Intent Is All for Your Delight and Boring Postcards, and his photographs have been collected by museums worldwide, including the Getty, The Museum of Modern Art and the Tate Modern. Parr was featured in Cruel and Tender, the Tate Modern's major survey of photography in 2003, and a retrospective of his work that opened at the Barbican Art Gallery in London in 2002 continues to tour major museums around the world.

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