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Ed van der Elsken. Mapfre Foundation, Madrid

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Address: Mapfre Foundation
Bárbara de Braganza Exhibition Hall
CalleBárbara de Braganza, 13
Telephone: (+34) 91 581 46 09

Starts: 26 January, 2018
Ends: 20 May, 2018
Opening times: Mon 1400-200hrs, Tues-Sat 1000-2000hrs, Sun and Public Hols 1100-1900hrs
Price: General admission €3. Free Mon 1400-2000hrs
Genre: Street

Ed van der Elsken (Amsterdam, 1925 - Edam, 1990) was a photographer who dedicated a lot of his work to the streets in different cities all over the world, from his hometown Amsterdam to Paris or Tokyo, seeking what he called “his” people, authentic, genuine people with whom he could identify in many cases. For him photography was a means through which he could experiment with and externalise his own life, which is why his personality is reflected in the relationships with the people he photographed and in his numerous self-portraits. The modernity and visual authenticity of his images are in agreement with his adventurous spirit, and at the same time, the non-conformist lifestyle of the people whose everyday lives he shared.

This exhibition shows a new outlook on his work and the different sides of him as a photographer, film-maker and writer. In addition to a large number of photographs, the exhibits also include models of his publications, contact sheets and sketches that enable us to better understand his working methods. Likewise, the fragments taken from his films, in black and white and in colour, highlight his work as a film-maker and help us understand the close relationship between film-making and photography by Van der Elsken.

The Mapfre Foundation demonstrates its commitment to photography with a series of exhibitions each year. Since 2014 they have been held in the Foundation's exhibition hall in Calle Bárbara de Braganza.

The Art Walk thus has a venue specialising in photography to complement the city's other cultural attractions. Comprising a total of 868 square metres on two separate floors, it is located near the Foundation's Sala Recoletos and opposite the National Library. Each year it hosts four exhibitions by photographers of recognised international standing.


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