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Photographers of De Waarheid

Initially, De Waarheid received its photographic material from the Algemeen Hollandsch Fotopersbureau (General Dutch Press Photo Agency), which operated from 1945 to 1969 and was founded by Ben van Meerendonk (1913-2008). According to Freek Aal, photographers were seen as being subordinate to journalists in the early days. They had no say in matters and their wages were low. This low professional status was, in part, due to the lack of photography courses in the Netherlands. Most photographers came from another profession and were self-taught or were trained by an experienced photographer. Aal's career, who was chauffeur when he joined, is in this sense characteristic for photographers at the time.   

Dolf Kruger, CPN party leader Paul de Groot holding a May Day speech, Amsterdam (1949).

Dolf Kruger and Kors van Bennekom were permanent employees and had more to say. They were not only responsible for the photos themselves but also for the photo editing; they decided on the frame, the format and made the clichés. There was, however, little room for photos in newspapers and photos were published without credits. A few photos, known to have been made by Kruger, were not attributed to him but were merely given the credit ‘own photos'. The newspaper was to a large extent illustrated with photo material from national and international news agencies.

>> Images of party propaganda.

>> The dark side of the reconstruction.

>> Between the police and the BVD.

Examples from this collection De Waarheid. In the shadow of the reconstruction

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