Aart Klein (1909- 2001) was a Dutch photographer born in
Amsterdam. Klein began working at the Dutch first photo
press agency, Polygoon in the 1930s. He started out without
having any formal training in photography, but during his
time at Polygoon he began his career as one of the most
influential Dutch photographers. He was forced to work for
the Nazis during the 1940’s which led to Klein taking
underground pictures and sending them to Allied forces in
England. He joined a group of photographers called Particam,
or Partisan Cameras, that helped the country’s liberation.
In 1956, Aart Klein left Particam and set up as a freelance
photographer. From that time on, he worked regularly for the
quality paper Algemeen Handelsblad and was commissioned
to produce a great number of photography books.
Klein’s technique created a unique and individualistic photo
experience.His technique was unique because he avoided the
use of flash by heating the developer. He also spent hours in
dark rooms creating the contrast or effect he had in his mind.
Towards the end of his life, as of the 1970s, he traveled
around the world with aid from grants and the government.