Ed van der Elsken: "Love" & Other Stories

Main Gallery

March 22 - May 5

Ed van der Elsken: "Love" & Other Stories, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2018

Vali Myers in Saint Germain des Pres, Paris, 1951

Gelatin silver print; printed c. 1980 

10 1/4 x 10 3/8 inches 

Ed van der Elsken: "Love" & Other Stories, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2018

Three Children, Amsterdam, 1956

Gelatin silver print; printed c. 1961

8 x 12 inches 

Ed van der Elsken: "Love" & Other Stories, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2018

Amsterdam, 1955

Gelatin silver print; printed c. 1957

12 x 7 3/4 inches 

Ed van der Elsken: "Love" & Other Stories, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2018

Nieumarket, Amsterdam, 1956

Gelatin silver print; printed c. 1956

11 3/8 x 7 1/2 inches 

Ed van der Elsken: "Love" & Other Stories, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2018

Amsterdam, c. 1956

Gelatin silver print; printed c. 1956

11 5/8 x 15 5/8 inches 

Ed van der Elsken: "Love" & Other Stories, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2018

Untitled (Amsterdam), c. 1961

Gelatin silver print; printed c. 1970s-80s

10 3/8 x 15 5/8 inches 

Ed van der Elsken: "Love" & Other Stories, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2018

Amsterdam, c. 1957

Gelatin silver print; printed c. 1957

7 3/4 x 11 5/8 inches 

Ed van der Elsken: "Love" & Other Stories, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2018

Amsterdam, 1956 

Gelatin silver print; printed c. 1956

7 7/8 x 11 7/8 inches 

Ed van der Elsken: "Love" & Other Stories, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2018

Teenagers, Amsterdam, c. 1962

Gelatin silver print; printed c. 1962

7 1/8 x 9 1/2 inches 

Ed van der Elsken: "Love" & Other Stories, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2018

Untitled, Date Unknown 

Vintage gelatin silver print 

19 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches 

Ed van der Elsken: "Love" & Other Stories, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2018

Damplatz, Amsterdam, 1966 

Gelatin silver print; printed c. 1966

19 1/2 x 12 1/8 inches

 

Ed van der Elsken: "Love" & Other Stories, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2018

Untitled, Date Unknown 

Vintage gelatin silver print

19 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches 

Ed van der Elsken: "Love" & Other Stories, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2018

Audience at the concert of Benny Goodman in the village Blokker, May 15th, 1958

Gelatin silver print; printed c. 1958 

12 x 15 1/2 inches 

Ed van der Elsken: "Love" & Other Stories, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2018

Dizzy Gillespie, May 1958 

Gelatin silver print; printed c. 1958 

9 3/8 x 12 1/8 inches 

Ed van der Elsken: "Love" & Other Stories, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2018

Lionel Hampton, Big Band, 1956

Gelatin silver print; printed c. 1956 

12 x 9 1/4 inches 

Ed van der Elsken: "Love" & Other Stories, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2018

Coleman Hawkins, 1958

Gelatin silver print; printed c. 1958 

9 3/8 x 12 1/8 inches 

Ed van der Elsken: "Love" & Other Stories, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2018

Audience at a Concert of Ella Fitzgerald, 1957 

Gelatin silver print; printed c. 1957

12 1/4 x 16 inches 

Ed van der Elsken: "Love" & Other Stories, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2018

Kyoto, 1960

Gelatin silver print; printed c. 1960 

8 x 12 1/8 inches 

Ed van der Elsken: "Love" & Other Stories, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2018

Tokyo, 1982

Gelatin silver print; printed c. 1982

7 1/8 x 11 1/8 inches 

Ed van der Elsken: "Love" & Other Stories, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2018

Nagoya of Kobe, 1960 

Gelatin silver print; printed c. 1960 

12 1/8 x 8 3/8 inches 

Ed van der Elsken: "Love" & Other Stories, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2018

Kyoto, Just Before New Year, 1960 

Gelatin silver print; printed c. 1960 

9 1/8 x 12 inches 

Ed van der Elsken: "Love" & Other Stories, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2018

Rockers in Harajuku, Tokyo, 1985

Gelatin silver print; printed c. 1985 

7 3/4 x 12 inches 

Ed van der Elsken: "Love" & Other Stories, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2018

"Yakusa" en vrouw, Osaka, 1960 

Gelatin silver print; printed c. 1960

7 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches 

Ed van der Elsken: "Love" & Other Stories, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2018

Osaka, 1960 

Gelatin silver print; printed c. 1960 

8 1/4 x 11 7/8 inches 

Ed van der Elsken: "Love" & Other Stories, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2018

Gangsters, Osaka, Japan, 1960

Gelatin silver print; printed c. 1960

6 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches 

Ed van der Elsken: "Love" & Other Stories, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2018

In de Uitgaansbuurt Shibuya, Tokyo, 1987 

Gelatin silver print; printed c. 1987 

7 7/8 x 12 inches 

Ed van der Elsken: "Love" & Other Stories, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2018

Strippers Backstage, Tokyo, 1960 

Gelatin silver print; printed c. 1960

9 1/2 x 12 inches 

Ed van der Elsken: "Love" & Other Stories, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2018

Ginza, near Kabuki-za, Tokyo, 1981

Gelatin silver print; printed c. 1981

9 3/8 x 12 1/4 inches 

Ed van der Elsken: "Love" & Other Stories, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2018

Osaka, 1960

Gelatin silver print; printed c. 1960

7 7/8 x 11 3/4 inches 

Ed van der Elsken: "Love" & Other Stories, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2018

Harajuku, Tokyo, 1987 

Gelatin silver print; printed c. 1987

12 1/4 x 9 1/8 inches 

Ed van der Elsken: "Love" & Other Stories, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2018

Boulevard Saint Germain, Paris, 1953

Gelatin silver print; printed 1953

12 x 7 3/4 inches 

Ed van der Elsken: "Love" & Other Stories, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2018

Cafe "Chez Moineau", Rue Dufour, Saint Germain, Paris, 1950 

Gelatin silver print; printed c. 1953 

9 3/8 x 11 3/4 inches 

Ed van der Elsken: "Love" & Other Stories, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2018

Cafe "Au Mabillon" Boulevard Saint Germain des Pres, Paris 1950 

Gelatin silver print; printed c. 1950 

12 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches 

Ed van der Elsken: "Love" & Other Stories, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2018

Vali Myers and Peter in the "Old Navy" on She Bud. Saint Germain, Paris Saint Germain des Pres, 1953

Gelatin silver print; printed 1953 

12 x 4 3/8 inches

Ed van der Elsken: "Love" & Other Stories, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2018

Paris, 1952

Gelatin silver print; printed c. 1952

15 3/8 x 11 3/8 inches 

Ed van der Elsken: "Love" & Other Stories, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2018

Paris, 1950

Gelatin silver print; printed c. 1980

15 7/8 x 12 inches

Ed van der Elsken: "Love" & Other Stories, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2018

Vali Myers, Au Mabillon, Boulevard Saint Germain, Paris, 1951

Gelatin silver print; printed c. 1970s

13 7/8 x 12 1/8 inches 

Ed van der Elsken: "Love" & Other Stories, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2018

Untitled (Paris, from the series, "Love on the Left Bank"), 1952

Gelatin silver print; printed c. 1952 

9 3/8 x 12 inches 

Ed van der Elsken: "Love" & Other Stories, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2018

In Cafe Chez Morneau, Ata Kando and Edward Steichen, Paris, 1953

Gelatin silver print; printed c. 1953 

11 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches 

Ed van der Elsken: "Love" & Other Stories, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2018

Vali Myers Dancing, 1949 

Gelatin silver print; printed c. 1980 

12 x 15 3/4 inches 

Ed van der Elsken: "Love" & Other Stories, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2018

Paris, 1951 

Gelatin silver print; printed c. 1970s

11 3/8 x 11 inches 

Ed van der Elsken: "Love" & Other Stories, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2018

Saint Germain des Pres, Paris, 1953

Gelatin silver print; printed c. 1953

6 1/4 x 4 1/8 inches 

Ed van der Elsken: "Love" & Other Stories, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2018

Untitled (Vali Myers, Paris), c. 1951 

Gelatin silver print: printed c. 1951 

11 5/8 x 7 3/4 inches
 

Ed van der Elsken: "Love" & Other Stories, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2018

Self-portrait, Saint Germain de Pres, Paris, 1950

Gelatin silver print; printed 1980 

10 x 8 inches 

Press Release

An exhibition of work by Ed van der Elsken, known as the “enfant terrible” of Dutch photography, will be on view at Howard Greenberg Gallery from March 22 through May 5, 2018. “Love” & Other Stories will focus on the celebrated street photographer’s work from the 1950s and 60s documenting the social culture around him in Amsterdam, Paris, and Tokyo. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, March 22, from 6-8 p.m.

 

With a confident, gritty, and unconventional style, van der Elsken’s confrontational portraits of young love, alienation, and counterculture bohemian life paved the way for late 20th century photographers such as Larry Clark, Nan Goldin, and Wolfgang Tillmans. He is best known for his iconic photography book, Love on the Left Bank, 1954, acclaimed for expanding the boundaries of documentary photography. His work was most recently seen last year in a retrospective exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, which traveled to the Jeu de Paume in Paris and the Fundación Mapfre in Madrid.

 

Ed van der Elsken (1925-1990) was “a man who would have liked to have transplanted a camera into his head to permanently record the world around him” noted Beatrix Ruf, the director of the Stedelijk Museum and Marta Gili, the director of the Jeu de Paume wrote in his retrospective exhibition catalogue.

 

“He was always looking for what he called ‘my king of people,’” said Hripsime Visser, the curator of the exhibition at the Stedelijk. “And what he meant by that was not the beautiful people and not the famous people but the people who tried to live or to survive.”

 

About Ed van der Elsken

One of the leading street photographers of the 20th century, Ed van der Elsken began shooting photography on the streets of Amsterdam after WWII, inspired in part by the publication of Weegee’s Naked City in 1945. He moved to Paris in 1950 where he worked in the darkroom at the Magnum Photos agency, printing photographs for Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa. In Paris he encountered the bohemian society of Saint-Germain-des-Prés and its bitter post-war malaise, and met his first wife, photographer Ata Kando. In 1953, his photographs were selected for two exhibitions by Edward Steichen, the curator of photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, whom he met in Paris. Steichen encouraged van der Elsken to create his groundbreaking photo novel, Love on the Left Bank, 1956, which is now a classic. He went on to publish more than 20 photography books.

 

In 1960, he and his second wife, Gerda van der Veen sold all of their possessions to travel around the world for over a year. The book that followed, Sweet Life, 1966, is considered one of his major accomplishments. In 1971, van der Elsken and his third wife, the photographer Anneke Hilhorst, settled on a farm in Edam in the Netherlands. Van der Elsken's work has been widely shown at contemporary art museums throughout the world. Recent solo and group shows were held at the Museum Boerhaave, Leiden, Netherlands, 2014; Stadsarchief, Amsterdam, 2014; Netherlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam, 2010;  Foam, Amsterdam, 2005; The Metropolitan Museum, Tokyo, 2003; and The Palazzina di Giardini, Modena, 2002.