On The Road – Travelling with the Photographer

How can photography be experienced in a new way? On The Road – Travelling with the Photographer marks the first in a series of exhibitions showcasing the Nationaal Archief’s photography collection of over 14 million images. The selection is a journey through history showing the prominence of travel in the development of photography.

This exhibition contains several unique ways to experience the collection. Upon entering, the Infinity Room places photography in the current day, precisely the current second. The room is completely covered from floor to ceiling with images streamed from the web highlighting the saturation of photography today.

Apposing this fast paced world, two unique photo chairs offer the visitor an opportunity to sit, observe and truly appreciate one single photo. They can even close the surrounding curtain to enhance the privacy and peace and quiet of the moment.

The majority of the exhibition contains black and white photography. The Colour Room, however, presents a selection of colour photos in a completely different atmosphere. You are transported into a different world just as colour photography did at its arrival.

Since this is the first in a series of exhibitions, the entire structural design is a modular system that can be easily deconstructed and rebuilt in different layouts for future exhibits. Also, especially for this exhibition a new hanging system was devised to reduce preparation time by 80%.

Exhibited renowned international photographers included: Ed van der Elsken, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, Luc Timmers, Herbert Ponting, Cas Oorthuys, Sem Presser and Willem van de Poll.

Additional photos by Anne Reitsma.

A book to watch


The Gift of Sound and Vision

This farewell gift for the departing president of the Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid (Dutch Institute for Sound and Vision) translates video and sound across 600 pages. Segments of television programmes are reproduced frame by frame making them still comprehendible even when printed. As well as the vast collection of imagery the book contains a single of David Bowie’s Sound and Vision, pop-ups, a DVD, several flip booklets and a RFID tag all bringing the printed page to life.