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Nederlands Fotomuseum's Gallery of Honour of Dutch Photography

99 iconic images developed over 180 years of photographic excellence

Touareg women, Mali, 1958 ©Violette Cornelius/Nederlands Fotomuseum

In the summer of 2021, the iconic institution – Netherlands Fotomuseum – announced the opening of its Gallery of Honour of Dutch Photography. As one of the first of its kind, the Gallery of Honour, is a permanent gallery with the purpose of celebrating the intricate corners of Dutch Photographic history. We all know and love photography as a renowned tool for invigorating contemporary discourse, and thus, the Gallery of Honour is inviting creators of this topical medium to present their work within its six themes and six time periods.

D.NA, 2007, From Flamboya ©, Viviane-Sassen

Kimani, 2019, From This Surely Must be Paradise, © Gilleam Trapenberg

In the Gallery of Honour, 99 photos (plus one public choice) are curated with the goal to share the photographic narrative of the Netherlands from 1842 to the present day. Within this, a visual narrative is built filled with the many innovations, highlights and steps the world and industry have seen over the past 180 years. This is all about the images that catch your eye, have a lasting impact and capture the world’s beauty in their own unique way. From the days of black and white photography to the digital take-over of the late 1990s, the Gallery of Honour dives deep into this history and highlights the new waves of artistry found.

With many invigorating thinkers featured in the exhibition, you know we can never resist… watch this space for more to come!

Words by Grace Powell
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Images courtesy of Netherlands Fotomuseum