Japan
stock nr:
1410
artist(s):
ED VAN DER ELSKEN
title:
Japan
medium:
ferrotyped gelatin silver print
date created:
1966 — date printed: 1980s
dimensions:
height 270mm x width 394mm — height 10.63inch x width 15.51inch
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Tokyo, Ginza
stock nr:
1404
artist(s):
ED VAN DER ELSKEN
title:
Tokyo, Ginza
medium:
ferrotyped gelatin silver print
date created:
1959 — date printed: after 1971
dimensions:
height 204mm x width 309mm — height 8.03inch x width 12.17inch
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Cemetery of Tokyo Temple
stock nr:
1409
artist(s):
ED VAN DER ELSKEN
title:
Cemetery of Tokyo Temple
medium:
ferrotyped gelatin silver print
date created:
1959 — date printed: 1960-1971
dimensions:
height 162mm x width 240mm — height 6.38inch x width 9.45inch
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Osaka, Japan. Industrial part of town
stock nr:
1408
artist(s):
ED VAN DER ELSKEN
title:
Osaka, Japan. Industrial part of town
medium:
ferrotyped gelatin silver print
date created:
1960 — date printed: 1960-1971
dimensions:
height 83mm x width 238mm — height 3.27inch x width 9.37inch
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Osaka, Japan, a Western style, slightly 'beat' bar
stock nr:
1406
artist(s):
ED VAN DER ELSKEN
title:
Osaka, Japan, a Western style, slightly 'beat' bar
medium:
ferrotyped gelatin silver print
date created:
1960 — date printed: 1960-1971
dimensions:
height 160mm x width 238mm — height 6.30inch x width 9.37inch
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Yakusa (Gangsters), Kamagasaki, Osaka
stock nr:
1405
artist(s):
ED VAN DER ELSKEN
title:
Yakusa (Gangsters), Kamagasaki, Osaka
medium:
ferrotyped gelatin silver print
date created:
1960 — date printed: 1960-1971
dimensions:
height 231mm x width 303mm — height 9.09inch x width 11.93inch
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Hamaya Demonstration-Street Fighters, Tokyo
stock nr:
1407
artist(s):
ED VAN DER ELSKEN
title:
Hamaya Demonstration-Street Fighters, Tokyo
medium:
ferrotyped gelatin silver print
date created:
1959 — date printed: 1960-1971
dimensions:
height 178mm x width 238mm — height 7.01inch x width 9.37inch
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biography

Ed van der Elsken (1925 -1990), 'enfant terrible' of Dutch  photography, started to photograph at the end of the 1940s. In the 1950s he left Holland for Paris. There he photographed the bohemian society of Saint-Germain-de-Prés. He turned his photographs into a photographic novel. 'Love on the Left  Bank' which instantly made him world famous.
Van der Elsken was married to the photographer Ata Kando for one year (1954-1955). With his second wife, Gerda van der Veen he traveled around the globe while photographing.
In 1959, he came to Japan for the first time and built close relationships with Eikoh Hosoe and other members of the influential photographers’ group VIVO. His influence on the Japanese photography world was immense. Japan was also an important photographic subject for Elsken, who visited Japan several times again from 1984-1988, where he had a large exhibition in Tokyo. The Dutch Ministry of Culture awarded him a grant in 1987 to complete a book on Japan. ‘De Ontdekking van Japan’ was published in 1988. On returning from a trip to Korea which was meant to result in a book about that country, Van der Elsken heard that he was suffering from terminal cancer.
Van der Elsken's work is highly subjective. His approach was confrontational, embracing the bright as well as the darker sides of human life. The unconventional technique and the gritty snapshot-like quality of his work have been of great importance in the development of contemporary photography.

selected exhibitions