Dutch Masters & Marvelous Misfits

The 16th edition of FotoFestival Naarden will take place from Saturday, May 25th to Sunday, June 30th, 2019. Curators are photographer Koos Breukel and photo historian and author Hedy van Erp. Curator for the old Town Hall is Wim van Krimpen, former director of  Gemeentemuseum Den Haag.

Guest curators for the Open Call are photographer and artistic manager of the Photo Academy Ruud de Jong, photographers Judith Jockel and Nicole Segers. 
Dutch Masters & Marvelous Misfits has been made with the intention to honour and include the misfit. The misfits presented at the FotoFestival are greater masters than they are given credit for – they are marvelous misfits.



Most of us have a misfit mindset. We feel we don’t fit in any available space of the grid of life, longing for an alter ego that seems superior to the identity we were given, but is actually flawed. Dutch Masters & Marvelous Misfits was created with the intention of including the fish out of water, for the sake of inclusiveness – a word that has been overused to lure voters to politicians and buyers to web shops. Genuine inclusiveness does however not mean being on fleek on Flickr, nor does it reflect any other social media perfection. Instead it represents embracing the misfits who we are.

Dutch Masters

Dutch Masters and misfits are much more alike than one would think. Misfits are greater masters than they are given credit for – they are marvelous misfits. Fotofestival Naarden 2019 shows painted work of those who neatly fit within the realms of labels and norms of Dutch Masters, alongside artwork and photography by those who don’t. Dutch Masters & Marvelous Misfits tells the stories of people and their landscapes, the latter in the sense of sceneries and thoughts. It tells the tales of our best and worst moments, from self-loathing to self-love, from rebellion to naivety, and the marvelous in-between.


Koos Breukel

Koos Breukel is a Dutch portrait photographer who lives and works in Amsterdam. Breukel has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Finland), Musée Européenne de la Photographie (Paris), Fotomuseum Den Haag and Huis Marseille, Amsterdam. His exhibition ME WE – The Circle of Life, was nominated for the Best European Photography Exhibition (Deutsche Börse/ Photographer’s Gallery, London). Breukel’s work is in the collections of a.o San Francisco MoMA, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Frans Halsmuseum (Haarlem), Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Musée Européenne de la Photographie (Paris).

Many of his books have been awarded, among which Hyde (1996, Best Book), Photo Studio Koos Breukel (2001, Best Book) and ME WE(Best Dutch Photobook 2013/2014). The Wretched Skin(1994) has been called ‘one of the best Dutch photobooks of the twentieth century (Frits Gierstberg & Rik Suermondt (eds.), The Dutch Photobook, 2012).

In recent years, he has curated several exhibitions, such as PS Camerafor Museum Hilversum and Ata Kandofor the Nederlands Fotomuseum.


Hedy van Erp

Hedy van Erp is a photo historian, curator and author. She has curated shows for the Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam (BABY: Picturing the Ideal Human, 1840s-Now), the National Media Museum, UK (2009), and the Science Museum, London (Make Life Worth Living, Nick Hedges 1968 -72 – Virgin Media Space 2014-15).

She curated an exhibition of the work of Viviane Sassen in the European Union Pavilion, Amsterdam (2015-16) and FACE TIME (2017), in collaboration with NS and Stedelijk Museum, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag a.o..

As an author and/or curator she contributed to You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet (FOMU, Antwerpen, 2013) and the book and exhibition ME WE by Koos Breukel (Fotomuseum Den Haag); Kees Scherer Prijs for Best Dutch Photobook 2013-14).

Her most recent book Photography Decoded, co-authored with Susan Bright, will be published in June 2019 (Tate Publishing, London).


Ballo Mascherato

Ballo Mascherato, Venetië 2018 ©Koos Breukel