For the first time in more than 20 years after Van der Keuken’s death (1938-2001), the Nederlands Fotomuseum presents his work in a comprehensive retrospective.
A multifaceted artist, Van der Keuken is a filmmaker, cinematographer, essayist, documentary filmmaker and photographer. His work, situated between visual poetry and documentary, gained international fame from the 1950s and 1960s thanks to the production of three photo books: Wij zijn 17, Achter Glase and Paris Mortel.
Together with several Dutch contemporaries, Van der Keuken shared the innovative and experimental spirit of the ‘Vijftigers’, a group of young, rebellious poets of the 1950s.
Today, as then, his photographs are distinguished by the sweetness of the black and white and the striking, almost cinematic sequences that best represent the constant flow of reality.
The photographs in The Art I Love Most show Van der Keuken’s travels, his political and social engagement, his interest in ordinary people and everyday life, expressed through a deeply human and poetic gaze.