George Hendrik Breitner


George Hendrik Breitner: the Photographer

In this publication Hans Roosenboom discusses the artist George Breitner not as a painter but as a photographer. He argues why Breitner can be referred to as one of the first photographers who used the so called snapshot technique. Breitner used particular techniques, such as the contrast in intensity of light and dark, very conscious and not out of a lack of visual ability. Breitner was in this regard a leader in his field, his approach to photography did not become popular until the fifties.

Justa Vuister, Sella Molenaar and Alba Campo Rosillo were as interns involved in the cataloguing and indexing of some 2,300 original recorded images from Breitner in the collection from RKD in RKDimages.

Editors: Eva Geudeker, Mayken Jonkman

First published November 2011
Reissued 22 September 2020

Cover image
George Hendrik Breitner
Dienstbode bij de Westermarkt te Amsterdam
paper, nitrate negative, black and white photograph ? x ? cm
The Hague, RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History, inv./ BR 126

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