Photographer Eddy Posthuma de Boer passed away in the AMC in Amsterdam. “He passed away peacefully this afternoon,” his family said. He was 90 years old.
Posthuma de Boer is regarded as one of the most important Dutch photographers. He followed, among other things, the rise of youth culture with jazz and rock ‘n’ roll music. He also made many portraits of famous writers and musicians.
Furthermore, the inhabitants of Amsterdam were favorite subjects for him to capture on film. In 1959 he photographed a boy in the market who could sing very well. It turned out to be André Hazes.
View a small selection of his work here:
He traveled all over the world for his work. “He has recorded human life in more than eighty countries. There is no aspect of life that Posthuma de Boer has left untouched,” can be read on his website. Together with writer Cees Nooteboom, he made travel reports for Avenue magazine.
He started his long career in 1948 as a photo assistant at the ANP news agency. He then worked for various newspapers and weeklies. He made photos for Het Parool, de Volkskrant, Time-Life, KRO-Studio, Avenue, Holland Herald and Sabena-Revue.
In addition to his work for various media, he also made a lot of free work. Since the 1960s he had dozens of exhibitions.
Last year there was an exhibition in the Fotomuseum The Hague. There were mainly photos from the 50s, 60s and 70s. “I am looking for the world as it really is”, the photo museum wrote from his mouth at the time.
“His oeuvre expresses a great love for people and an urge to capture the shared human experience. He leaves no aspect of life untouched: he zooms in on drama but also shows a lot of humor,” according to the photo museum.
Posthuma de Boer married singer Henriette Klautz in 1961. They had two daughters.