‘Dutch Masters & Marvelous Misfits’ – Theme of FotoFestival Naarden 2019

The 16thedition of FotoFestival Naarden will take place from Saturday, May 25thto Sunday, June 30th, 2019. Curators are photographer Koos Breukel and photo historian and author Hedy van Erp. Dutch Masters & Marvelous Misfits has been made with the intention to praise and include the misfit. The misfits presented at the FotoFestival are greater masters than they are given credit for – they are marvelous misfits.


Locations and photographers

In the fortified town of Naarden, photographicwork can be seen at different historical locations. Most works have not been showcased before in the Netherlands. Stephan Vanfleteren’s portraits made at the Cannes film festival; Koos Breukel’s ‘Misfits’, Robin de Puy’s portraits and Ernst Coppejans’s work ‘SOLD’ (Paul Peters Photo Award) can be seen at the Grote Kerk. Wim van Krimpen, former director of the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, is partly responsible for the exhibition at the old city hall. Here, work by Paul Kooiker and Helena van der Kraan can be seen, alongside work by the late Gerard Petrus Fieret and the late Eric Hamelink.

More photography can be seen at the underground military bastions, at BIJ ANDREAS and at the Comenius Museum. At these locations work from a.o. Jitske Schols, Laura Cnossen, Dustin Thierry, Paul Blanca, Daya Cahen, Eddy van Wessel, Otto Snoek, Mark Nettenbreijers, Sandra Minten, Zora Ottink, Friso Keuris, Willem Poelstra, Björn Martens en Shinji Otani will be showcased.

International launch

FotoFestival Naarden has the worldwide premiere of the work of the American photographer Remsen Wolff (1940 – 1998), with a selection from his archive, which covers four decades. It is the first time that his recently discovered and loving portraits of transvestites, transgenders and transsexuals can be seen. Wolff created this series ‘All American Girls’ in his studio in New York in the 1990s.


Before the invention of photography, the Dutch Masters captured people and landscapes with their paintings. FotoFestival Naarden has the unique opportunity to show a number of rarely seen paintings by Dutch Masters from the Golden Age. One of these painters is Salomon van Ruysdael, born and raised in Naarden-Vesting. Because of the way he captured Dutch light, Van Ruysdael has been an inspiration to painters and photographers alike.

Rivierlandschap met vissers, 1633, Salomon van Ruysdael

Salomon van Ruysdael – River Landscape with Fishermen (1633)


During the FotoFestival Naarden there will be an extensive program of tours, workshops, signing sessions and meet&greets with photographers. In the Gele Loods, the nominees for the three categories of the Dutch Photo book Award will be presented. With the Dutch Photo book Award, the FotoFestival honours the high quality and diversity of Dutch photo books. At the same location, there will therefore also be a pop-up photo bookshop.


The first FotoFestival Naarden took place thirty years ago – since then it has developed into a biennial cultural event that attracts tens of thousands of visitors to the fortified town. It has become a significant meeting point for professionals in photography, students, amateur photographers and a broad photography and art loving audience.