Hans Eilkelboom: Photographic Concepts — 1970
For the first time an extensive retrospective catalog covering more than four decades of work by conceptual Dutch artist/photographer Hans Eijkelboom (b. 1949) has been released. The catalogue includes 60 series with nearly 3,500 photographs spread across almost 400 pages. Eijkelboom’s discipline has long been part of the 1970s conceptual art movement where his early sequential works were exhibited along side artists such as Ed Ruscha, Jan Diebets and Robert Smithson. Eijkelboom, who considers the streets of major international cities to be his studio, relentlessly scrutinizes human identity. His subjects – men, women, young adults, children – speak via their appearances. His work evinces a deep wit and obsession with culture, fashion and the photographic image. His use of indexing and grouping creates visual experiences that at first glace reference Muybridge and the Tim Study work but morph into something much more complex. Essays by Gabriele Conrath-Scholl, Wim van Sinderen, Gerrit Willems, and Dieter Roelstraete. Photographische Sammlung, SK Stiftung Kultur Cologne, and Fotomuseum Den Haag (2016) hosted the exhibitions.