All the shots listed under the heading ‘Delta Works’ were taken from Aart Klein’s archives specifically for this site. The images chosen have a broad set-up and include not only shots of the Delta Works, but also topographic photographs of the countryside, photographs of villages, towns and ports, farm work and fishing and also local folklore. This is the reason why strict selection criteria had to be applied: from the original number of more than 4,000 negatives, no more than 1,669 were selected. The final selection includes only shots connected with the Delta Works and all the photographs published in 1963 and 1967.
Insofar as it had not been done before, the negatives in question were put in PAT-tested (Photographic Activity Test) enclosures. Every negative was given a number including an inventory number and – in most cases – several serial numbers. The collection of the Nederlands fotomuseum has been registered in the Memorix database, available online on the museum’s website.
Once digitized, the negatives hardly need any further handling. This reduces the risk of their getting damaged. However, it must be granted that a scan or a print of a negative does not always yield a result comparable to what the photographer himself would have achieved. When printing negatives or making scans, the Nederlands fotomuseum aims at coming as close as possible to the photographer’s original methods. The technicians refer to vintage prints and books as much as possible when printing or scanning for the museum.
All the photographs on view here were digitally processed, but have not been touched up. Since a major part of Aart Klein’s work was done in the dark room, the digital collection does not show what he would have wished if he had printed the negatives himself.
The images featured on this sub site are JPEG images, 1200 pixels wide with a resolution of 72 dpi. For more information about the digitization, please contact the Collection Department at the Nederlands fotomuseum.