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Photographs of the Netherlands East Indies at the Tropenmuseum [Hardcover]

Janneke van Dijk , Rob Jongmans , Anouk Mansfeld , Steven Vink , Pim Westerkamp

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Book Description

Nov. 1 2012 9460221939 978-9460221934
This is the fourth volume of a series of ten books that discuss the collections of the Tropenmuseum and the histories and stories that accompany them. The books elucidate the often hidden backgrounds of a museum collection, discussing objects within their original context, social histories and their contemporary meaning. The main emphasis lies on the history of each collection, with its different collecting and presentation practices placed in a particular time and place. Each volume is richly illustrated with objects and photographs from the Tropenmuseum collection.

Photographs of the Netherlands East Indies at the Tropenmuseumoffers a comprehensive introduction to one of the most important collections of colonial photography in the world. There is no other collection at the Tropenmuseum which is so closely tied to the history of the institute itself. Photographs were already being collected in the late nineteenth century and have been continuously supplemented with new images to create the broadest possible perspective of topical developments in the Netherlands East Indies. After Indonesia declared its independence in 1945, the importance of the collection of historic photographs declined and it was consigned to obscurity. Interest in the collection blossomed again later when a large group of people in the Netherlands came to view them as reflecting a lost and increasingly romanticized world. From the 1980s the collection became a source of historical information and the subject of wide-scale academic research.

Illustrated with more than 120 full color photographs, this publication provides insights into how attitudes towards the collection have changed over the past 150 years and the various ways in which they have been used by the Tropenmuseum and its predecessors.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Kit Publishers (Nov. 1 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9460221939
  • ISBN-13: 978-9460221934
  • Product Dimensions: 26.9 x 21.8 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 771 g

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About the Author

Janneke van Dijk was Curator of Historical Photography at the Tropenmuseum and is now a freelance advisor in the field.

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