Family and Filmstrips

A work made of gelatin silver print.

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  • A work made of gelatin silver print.

Date:

1950/55

Artist:

Ed Van Der Elsken
Dutch, 1925–1990

About this artwork

Heavily influenced by the sensationalist work of the American photographer Weegee, the Dutch photographer Ed van der Elsken found fame as a chronicler of exuberant street life in Paris and Amsterdam. In this photograph, the artist’s first wife and fellow photographer, Ata Kando, relaxes with her children in a corner of their cramped Parisian apartment. Multiple layers of looking—including the children’s focus on the photobook and the viewer’s gaze through translucent photo negatives hung from the ceiling to dry—evoke the voyeurism that marks much of Van der Elsken’s work. At the same time, the photograph is infused, like nearly all his images, with an intimate, romantic sensibility that betrays the artist’s deep personal engagement with his subjects.

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Photography

Artist

Ed Van Der Elsken

Title

Family and Filmstrips

Origin

Netherlands

Date

1950–1955

Medium

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions

27.2 × 39.6 cm (image/paper); 45.8 × 55.9 cm (mount)

Credit Line

Peabody Fund

Reference Number

1957.210

Extended information about this artwork

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