Unseen Photo Fair 2013
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Exhibition: 26 Sep – 29 Sep 2013
Unseen Photo Fair
Van Zoetendaal Publishers
Oude Schans 67f
1011 KW Amsterdam
Willem van Zoetendaal (born The Hague, 1950) is a graphic designer who has been producing photography books since the early nineties. In 1994 he started publishing his own books, first under the name of Basalt (in collaboration with Frido Troost) and then under the name of Van Zoetendaal Publishers. In the same period, Van Zoetendaal curated photography exhibitions in the Netherlands (the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, FOAM) and in France (L’institut Neérlandais, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris in collaboration with Elisabeth Nora), in Japan (Luis Vuitton Tokyo) in collaboration with Elisabeth Nora, and in Korea (Kumho Museum, Seoul) in collaboration with Kim Song Min.
Additionally, Van Zoetendaal has been active as a gallery owner for contemporary photography since 2000. In 2008 the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag acquired his photography collection (consisting of more than 1200 photos) that he had built up during his period as lecturer at the photography department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in the nineties. The collection included early works from now renowned Dutch photographers/artists such as Céline van Balen, Koos Breukel, Rineke Dijkstra, Paul Kooiker, Esther Kroon, as well as striking photos from anonymous photographers (found footage). Together with Noshka van der Lely, Van Zoetendaal manages the photo archive of the filmmaker/photographer Johan van der Keuken and the former studio photographer Lee To Sang.