dinsdag 19 februari 2008

Dutch Eyes Verdwijnend Volk Hans Gilberg Documentary Photography

Verdwijnend Volk, photography Hans Gilberg, text Roel Houwink 1935

Hans Gilberg Photography & the Dutch national character...

The photographic genre of the portrait was of particular significance in may works considering folklore studies published in in the second half of th 1930s. In spme cases the role of the photographer was equated with that of the author. Both the author Roel Houwink and the photographer Hans Gilberg signed the foreword to a 1935 book, Verdwijnend Volk, devoted to 'the peasant type ... that is in the process of disappearing frpm society', while 'it has been of special significance tp the make-up of the Dutch national character. For each of the thirty chapters, the author chose one photograph as the starting point, occasionally projecting himself into the interaction between subject and photographer. In the chapter on 'The cunning farmer', for example, he wrote : 'A farmer can handle a horse and cart, butt in front of the photographer's lens he forgets this and his gaze takes on a shy watchfulness, like an animal that senses the barrel of a gun aimed at it'. In contrast to conventional portrait photography, all these portraits were taken outdoors in the available light and are characterised by a great degree of directness. The importance of the photographic technique employed is underscored by an explanatory note on the last page, where we read that the photographs were made in 1933 without a tripod, using a leica fitted with an objective lens with a long focal length. As well as exposure times, the note mentions the coarse grain of one particular shot taken with panchromatic film.

...the Dutch national character in : between Modernisation and Tradition 1925-1945 - Dutch Eyes a Critical History of the Photography in the Netherlands ...

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