Highlights from the Photography Collection

Every Picture Tells a Story

25 April - 4 September 2022

Did you know that the Jewish Museum has a collection of over 70,000 photos? We have selected 300 photos from the collection to show in a new exhibition: Every Picture Tells a Story.

From the 1930s to the present day, we’ll take you on a journey through time showing Jewish life over the years and illustrating how photography has developed. From documentary photos of life on the streets of Amsterdam’s Jewish neighborhoods, to the anti-Jewish persecution of the Second World War, and from the postwar revival of Jewish life to the conceptual photography of our own day.

In recent years, the Jewish Museum has acquired a range of work by professional photographers. Our expanding collection tells a remarkable story spanning almost a century of Jewish community, culture and history in the Netherlands.

The exhibition features photos by more than forty photographers: Yair Aa, Emmy Andriesse, Taco Anema, Janneke Aronson, Maria Austria, Paul Babeliowsky, Ania Bien, Paul Blanca, Julie Blik, Diana Blok, Appie Bood, Marrie Bot, Frédéric Brenner, Rudolf Werner Breslauer, Jan Cremer, Willem Diepraam, Leo Divendal, Ed van der Elsken, Ruud van Empel, Nathalie Ezendam Keller, Leonard Freed, Henriëtte van Gasteren, Bram van Gelderen, Ilan Harel, Jeroen Hofman, Henk Jonker, Vardi Kahana, Boris Kowadlo, Philip Mechanicus, Bert Nienhuis, Helly Oestreicher, Sem Presser, Ralph Prins, Pauline Prior, Jan Theun van Rees, Arthur Rothstein, Emmy Scheele, Han Singels, Wolf Suschitzky, Venus Veldhoen, Roman Vishniac, Orna Wertman, Jenny Wesly, Annemie Wolff, Krystyna Ziach en Esther Zilversmit. 


The exhibition is in the Jewish Museum, Nieuwe Amstelstraat 1, 1011PL, Amsterdam. The museum is housed in the centuries-old former synagogue complex of the Ashkenazi Jewish community. 


Your ticket provides admission to all exhibitions in all locations in the Jewish Cultural Quarter. You may also attend all events without any additional charge (unless otherwise indicated). Museumkaart holders do not need a ticket.


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