BEHRENS~Herbert. Brandpunt Rotterdam.*
Author: Donia, Flip Bool, Frank van Dijl~Jan
Publisher: Koppeluitgeverij, Rotterdam in samenwerking met de Prom, Amsterdam/Antwerpen
Brandpunt Rotterdam. De jaren zestig gezien door Herbert Behrens.#*
Van 3 oktober t/m 14 november 2004 was in het Museum de Dubbelde Palmboom de tentoonstelling Brandpunt Rotterdam, de jaren zestig gezien door Herbert Behrens te zien.
Herbert Behrens heeft in de jaren zestig o.a. de haven, de wederopbouw, de kunst en de cultuur in Rotterdam schitterend vastgelegd.
De tentoonstelling is samengesteld uit het archief van Herbert Behrens (1931) wat in beheer is bij het Nederlands fotomuseum.
In 1951, on completing a course in photography at the Fotovakschool, Herbert Behrens obtained a post as office boy at the Anefo press photo agency in Amsterdam. In 1957 he moved to Rotterdam to set up a branch office of the same agency, but decided four years later to strike out on his own. In the sixties and seventies, partly because of his first wife, fashion designer Fong Leng, he moved in unusual circles for a press photographer. He developed a keen interest in art, and photographed the Japanese artist Kusama as she painted the naked body of artist Jan Schoonhoven on November 3 1967. Today this is regarded as an important art-historical document from the early years of the happening.
As a photographer for the Rotterdam Hilton, Behrens took pictures of a host of famous hotel guests. Another important category in his archive consists of photos and slides of the 1970 Kralingen pop festival. A regular photographer for the magazine Sport Express, he witnessed the successes of the now legendary footballer Coen Moulijn and of Feijenoord, the Rotterdam team. Among the newspapers he worked for were De Rotterdammer, the Algemeen Dagblad, the Nieuwe Rotterdamse Courant and de Volkskrant. In 1947 he went to France and more or less abandoned photography. In 1975, back in the Netherlands, he taught at Crea and De Werkschuit in Amsterdam and at the Foundation for Art Education in Groningen, where he settled in 1978.
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