Eduard Planting Gallery in Amsterdam presents an exhibition of Dutch photographer Dirk de Herder (1914 – 2003), on the occasion of his 100th birthday. ‘A Suitcase full of Dreams’ shows a selection of his work made in the 1940’s in Amsterdam, Paris and Stockholm. The exhibition is from 28 June until 26 July.

Dirk de Herder called himself a “wizzard of light”. And he was also called “the last romanticist of the North”. His classic black and white photographs have been popular ever since 1946, when his first book about Amsterdam was published.

The images of the old centre of Amsterdam and later, in the same style, Stockholm and Paris were influenced by Brassaï. As a photographer Dirk de Herder was also acquinted with COBRA, whose members he regularly photographed. A selection of these photographs will be offered for sale in the gallery.

For VARA television Dirk de Herder photographed many celebrities. But his hart was always with his free work. His negatives and archive are kept in the Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam.


Dirk de Herder - Op Kattenburg  - Courtesy Eduard Planting Gallery_ Dirk de Herder - Amsterdam, Stad van Rembrandt - 1946 - Courtesy Eduard Planting Gallery Dirk de Herder - Orgel in de Jordaan - Courtesy Eduard Planting Gallery OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA


28 June – 26 July 2014 – Eduard Planting Gallery in Amsterdam

Opening hours gallery

Wednesday to Saturday: 1 – 6 P.M.


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