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Photography Captures 185 Years of Dutch History

November 27, 2012


"Antiques - Bryan Texas" © 2008 Deneyterrio, used under a Creative Commons Attribution license

The Netherlands has long been home to phenomenal artists and works by the likes of Vincent Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Frans Hals.

However, the history of Dutch art does not begin and end with the stroke of a paintbrush. Over 185 years ago, photography catapulted onto the art scene and the impact has been phenomenal.

The Nederlands Fotomuseum has decided to showcase the unique art form and has created the country’s first and only permanent presentation about the history of Dutch photography appropriated titled, The Darkroom.

Rotterdam hotels are very keen on directing visitors to the museum as it shows how eclectic and varied the Dutch have always been in terms of art and personal expression.

The exhibits within The Darkroom begin when visitors place a paper in a developing tray, as photographers once did in the darkroom, which activates a narrative about the history of photography and how it has been used with both film and music.

Photography enables us to see and grasp an understanding of the world around us. It can be used to simply capture a moment in time or it can be designed in such a way that it makes an artistic statement. Since its discovery was made official at the French Academy of Sciences in Paris in 1839, it has fundamentally changed the way we see the world.

All forms of photography can be found in The Darkroom from autochromes to glass negatives, from albums to stereo photos, from daguerreotypes to digital photo files. Alongside the stories created by the photos, visitors will find objects like cameras, original and new prints and unique objects or props used by the photographer to enhance their image.

The exhibition also features a timeline that depicts the milestones made throughout the history of photography. These include its discovery and craft (1826-1888), the faster and easier era (1888-1924), journalism and professionalism skills (1924-1945), prestige and recognition (1945-1982), and finally digital and distribution (1982-present).

The Darkroom has over 3.5 million negatives and slides and hundreds of prints and photo books by over 130 Dutch photographers. It also contains a tremendous amount of photo material that depict moments in Dutch history.

For more information regarding the museum and the exhibition simply ask your concierge. The staff at most Rotterdam hotels are well informed about the events and museums in their area so they are sure to be a tremendous help.



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