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Tropenmuseum

Exhibition Detail
Enkele reis Holland (One Way to Holland)
Linnaeusstraat 2
1092 CK Amsterdam
Netherlands


June 18th, 2010 - October 3rd, 2010
 
, Leonard FreedLeonard Freed
© Courtesy of Tropenmuseum
, Leonard FreedLeonard Freed
© Courtesy of Tropenmuseum
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Photos by Leonard Freed, 1958-1962

He was known as the Concerned Photographer, because of his involvement in social issues. He wanted the viewer to think about what was happening. American Magnum photographer Leonard Freed (1929-2006) lived in Amsterdam between 1957 and 1970, where his circle of friends included artists such as Schinkichi Tajiri, Karel Appel, Simon Vinkenoog and Ed van der Elsken.

In the Netherlands, Freed made a series of photographs of émigrés from Indonesia’s Moluccan islands and Indo-European families who moved to Holland after Indonesian independence. Here amid the Dutch polders they had to build up an entirely new life.

Freed recorded their arrival in Holland, living with relatives, their daily routine and work. His pictures show them meeting local residents, whose attitude to the newcomers could be open and receptive, though also more reticent. Gripping and occasionally moving images.

In the Netherlands, Freed always felt like an outsider. This may explain his empathy for others whom he perceived to be in a similar position. Freed revealed himself a sympathetic visual narrator. His photos balance between beauty and everyday reality, with the focus on people.

His work appeared in magazines such as Life, Paris Match and Die Zeit. In 1972, Freed became a full member of the Magnum Photos cooperative, where his incisive photos made an indelible impression.


Enkele reis Holland

Foto’s Leonard Freed, 1958-1962

Een tentoonstelling met foto's van de fotograaf Leonard Freed, 1958-1962

In de periode 1958-1962 fotografeert (de latere Magnum) fotograaf Leonard Freed (1929-2006) in Nederland verschillende groepen immigranten uit Indonesië. Hieronder Indische Nederlanders, die behoren tot de grote groep die in 1958 als gevolg van de dekolonisatie de bootreis naar Nederland maakt. Freed volgt hen van de boot, naar de tijdelijke kampen, naar familie, op straat, hun werk en school. Daarnaast fotografeerde hij Molukse gezinnen, die toen al zeven jaar in Nederland woonden. Dit overzicht van Freed over Molukkers en repatrianten is voor het eerst te zien in deze tentoonstelling.


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Het Tropenmuseum heeft al enkele mooie herinneringen en reacties ontvangen. Conservator Pim Westerkamp (Zuidoost-Azië) blogt hierover en vertelt het verhaal van het bijzondere weerzien van een 84-jarige Indische vrouw met een foto van haar vader. Lees op het Tropenmuseum blog.

 


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