Nature is everywhere: in the forest, at the beach, on the street, and has always been portrayed in a myriad of photographs. From 1873, Dutch nature lovers have enjoyed capturing the glory of the countryside through photography. In this new exhibition, Hunting with a Camera brings together the works of the earliest Dutch nature photographers, and is the very first of its kind to offer such a complete overview of the many marvels of the diverse Dutch landscape. Visitors can experience nature through the eyes of these pioneering photographers and appreciate how important their role was in fighting for conservation.
A special selection has been made from over 90,000 historic nature photos that the museum has in its collection and are being shown to the public for the first time. The photographs highlight the inventive photographic techniques that were used to capture plants, animals and unique landscapes, some of which are now rare or even extinct in the Netherlands.
In addition to these ground-breaking photographs, the photographers had another goal - to make the public aware of nature’s beauty and the need to protect it. By educating the public with beautiful images of nature, the photographers hoped to instil an understanding of the importance of conservation. Their efforts were rewarded in 1905 with the establishment of the Vereniging Natuurmonumenten (Dutch Society for Nature Conservation).
Nature has remained a popular subject in photography, and the Nederlands Fotomuseum will also be dedicating a part of the exhibition to contemporary photography. It will not be presenting nature photography in the literal sense of the word, but will show the work of artists and photographers that reflect on how we interact with nature. The exhibition will display recent work by Kim Boske (1978), Charlotte Dumas (1977), Anne Geene (1983), Erik Kessels (1966), and Luuk Wilmering (1957).
21 May-4 September 2016
Wilhelminakade 332, 3072 AR Rotterdam
Tuesday to Friday, 10.00 to 17.00, Saturday and Sunday, 11.00 to 17.00