Jacob Olie


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(1834–1905), Dutch carpenter, architect, headmaster of the first Dutch technical school (1868–90), and prolific amateur photographer. He photographed in two periods, during the 1860s until c. 1867, and between his retirement and death, in these latter years taking c. 3,600 photographs. In both periods he used the same 9 × 12cm (3 1/2 × 4 4/5 in) plate camera, but after 1890 with a better lens and dry instead of wet plates. Olie's photographs are enormously interesting and varied, including portraits and self-portraits, architecture, harbour and nautical subjects, rural views, and countless scenes from his native Amsterdam. They are held, with a large collection of personal documents, in the Amsterdam City Archive.

From The Oxford Companion to the Photograph in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Photography and Photographs.

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