(1925–90), Dutch photographer, born in Amsterdam. His interest in photography was aroused by Weegee's Naked City (1945). He moved to Paris in 1950, where he photographed the bohemian scene—bars, artists, drop-outs, and drug dealers in the Odéon district, often at night. Edward Steichen included eighteen of these images in the 1953 New York exhibition Post War European Photography, and on Steichen's advice the work became a noir narrative, centred on Vali Meyers, an Australian girl drug addict. Published as Love on the Left Bank (1954), it was atmospheric, cinematic, autobiographical, becoming his most famous work.
From The Oxford Companion to the Photograph in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Photography and Photographs.