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Exhibition: Everyone a Photographer. The Rise of Amateur Photography, 1880-1910 / Amsterdam, from 15 February 2019

The Rijksmuseum’s curator of photography, Mattie Boom, has for the last few years been studying hundreds of photographs for her doctoral research into the emergence of amateur photography in the Netherlands. The results of her work will be on show from 15 February 2019 in Everyone a Photographer, an exhibition of more than 130 photographs, photograph albums and cameras that will take us back in time to the end of the 19th century.

The invention of small, easy-to-use cameras enabled amateurs to record important moments themselves for the first time. In Everyone a photographer, Boom shows how amateur photography brought about profound changes in visual culture; and how amateur photographs are the missing link in the history of photography.

Everyone a Photographer will run from 15 February-10 June 2019 at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

The accompanying publication Everyone a Photographer. The Rise of Amateur Photography in the Netherlands, 1880-1910 has been made possible by Familie Van Heel Fonds/Rijksmuseum Fonds, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds/Wertheimer Fonds and Marque Joosten & Eduard Planting Fonds/Rijksmuseum Fonds.

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Image: Aan boord, Willem Frederik Piek, c.1892-93.

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