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Hans Eijkelboom

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The Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur in Cologne presents the exhibition ‘Hans Eijkelboom – Photographic Concepts of the Seventies until Today’. The show continues until 19 March 2017.  The show was created in collaboration with the Dutch artist (born 1949). Eijkelboom’s early works in particular are closely linked with the widely-discussed conceptual art movement prevalent in the 1970s.


A central part of his oeuvre are the journal-like visual protocols he compiled from 1979 onwards, using an automatic camera in a bid to render the photographic process anonymous. He has subsequently dedicated himself to creating ‘Photo Notes’ since 1992 – this time returning to operating the camera himself with a focus on remaining unobtrusive. The photographs are taken on the high-streets of major cities, shot on a daily basis within time-spans ranging from 20 minutes to four hours. The result is an anthology of countless images categorised by motif, day and year – an entirely unique ‘street atlas’.

It was not until 2014 that Hans Eijkelboom published his Photo Notes – using the title ‘People of the Twenty-First Century’. In doing so, Eijkelboom pays tribute to the encyclopaedically arranged portrait and social photography of August Sander, and also honours Sander’s achievements as a forerunner of conceptual art.

For further information visit SK Stiftung Kultur

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