> P. Kramer, De Bijenkorf Department Store The Hague, 1924. NAI Collection, TENT n162
The NAI archives comprise hundreds of negatives and thousands of photographs. Photos from the early 19th century to the 1990s, varying from holiday snapshots and other photos by architects to photographic work by legends in the field of (architecture) photography such as Bernard Eilers, Cas Oorthuys, Eva Besnyö, Jan Versnel and Jan Kamman.
Architecture photographs show how architects wanted to present their ideas and work to the public, choosing a photographer who shared their vision and who was capable of translating that into a photographic image. For this reason, architects often worked with a single photographer or with a small group of photographers: B.F. Eilers took photos for the architects of the Amsterdam School (especially J. and H.A.J. Baanders, M. de Klerk and H. Th. Wijdeveld), C.A. Deul worked for J. Crouwel and W.M. Dudok for a long time, and J.J.P. Oud often gave assignments to E. van Ojen and later to J. Versnel, and from around 1947 onwards, J. Vrijhof and C. Geljon documented almost all of Van den Broek and Bakema’s projects.
> Sonneveld House, Rotterdam. NAI Collection. Photo: ©Jan Kamman / Nederlands Fotomuseum. NAI Collection
The Nieuwe Bouwen style (1920-1940) forms a central element in the NAI collection. The archives that document this movement often contain many photos. Photography played a key role in the propagation of new architectural ideologies, as evidenced in publications from this period. Photography, like other art forms, looked for innovation. The result was a New Photography that gradually superseded traditional photography with its tendency towards painting. New Photography distinguished itself through its use of compositional diagonals, cropping and repetition of identical shapes. Because contemporary architecture demanded a clear and 'objective' representation, photographers used qualities that were exclusive to photographic techniques - and could not, therefore, be found in painting.
Photography was important for the conceptualisation of architecture, but also played a key role in the acquisition of architectural-historical knowledge and the propagation of building styles. This is particularly apparent in the archive of P.J.H. Cuypers. His studio’s photographic archive contains hundreds of shots of national and international architecture, visual arts and applied arts. The preservation of historical architecture was central to late 19th-century foreign and Dutch photography. Many projects in which Cuypers was involved as restoration architect or restoration advisor were measured, drawn and photographed before construction work started.
> Top: Building site the Haar Castle, Haarzuilens, 1893. Photographer unknown. NAI Collection, HAAR ph790
Below: Amateur photography. Portrait of K.P.C. de Bazel and his family. Photographer unknown. NAI Colleciton, BAZE 1546
In addition to architecture photography, the collection also contains a large amount of amateur photography. Photos taken by architects of cities and landscapes during foreign study trips and holidays, portraits of family members, friends and colleagues, documentation of their own building projects and photos of architecture that inspired or astonished them. They are a source of information about the personal lives of architects, the architectural practice and the period in which they worked. The archives include beautiful albums with photos from the former Dutch East-Indies, travel photos from the Middle East and photos of meetings of CIAM and Team 10, in which many important architects took part.
Photos are part of the archives of architects, architecture agencies and institutes. They can be found in the inventories of the relevant archives in the CIS, and can be requested from the depots. A number of photos have been reproduced and are available in the reading room or on the website. The rights to many of the photos are not held by the NAI but by the photographer, their family or a collective management organisation, which is why they cannot be displayed online.
A selection of photographs is soon to be launched on Flickr Commons. Photos on Flickr Commons are 'licensed' with a 'No Known Copyright Restrictions' label. Read more about this license.
> A.C. Nicolai and Cora Nicolai-Chaillet on a trip North Africa in 1948-49. Photograher unknown. NAI Collection, NICO f89
Photograhps of the architecture of the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam (1928) from Jan Wils' archives.
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Photograhps of the construction of the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam (1928) from Jan Wils' archives.
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Flickr presents an image galery showing the restoration on the city hall models. From the transportation to the Open Model Storage to fixing the last loose parts.
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200 drawings, models and photographs from the collection of The New Institute will be on show this autumn at the Hermitage in St. Petersburg. Together with several items on loan from contemporary architectural firms, they will form the exhibition Architecture the Dutch Way 1945-2000 which is about the design of the Netherlands after the Second World War. The exhibition will be held in St. Petersburg from 16 October to 12 January as part of the Netherlands-Russia Year 2013. > Read more ...
The New Institute manages a large collection of photographs. Some of them are now on Flickr Commons. Flickr Commons is the 'heritage department' of the popular photo sharing
site Flickr, where heritage institutions present 'orphaned'
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