Greetings from The Hague, 2020

A century of change in the city

You’re in the same place, but in a different time and age.
The past has faded, but is still noticeable in the details.
A historic facade, a church in the background, the bend of a canal. Has the city shifted to its disadvantage ? Or did it
become more beautiful ?

“Groeten uit Den Haag” (Eng. “Greetings from The Hague”) is after “Groeten uit Amsterdam” and “Groeten uit Rotterdam” my third book in which I have photographed the entire city from a hundred years ago in exactly the same places throughout the city in a hundred photos.

“Greetings from The Hague” comes out in the spring of 2020.

 

Greetings from Rotterdam, 2017

A century of change in the city

 

 You’re in the same place, but in a different time and age.

The past has faded, but is still noticeable in the details. A historic facade, a church in the background, the bend of a canal. Has the city shifted to its disadvantage ? Or did it become more beautiful ?

“Groeten uit Rotterdam” is a book with one hundred pictures of all quarters of the city of one hundred years ago, with next to them contemporary photos of the very same places, from the same position. Rotterdam has been subject to change more than any city in the Netherlands and still is. Unwantedly Rotterdam underwent a radical change with the bombing of May 14, 1940 wiping out a large part of the city and Kralingen and a ‘forgotten’ allied bombing of Rotterdam West on March 31, 1943.

For me a months-long search for useful archive photos within the May 14 bombing boundary resulted in many beautiful moments and surprises: almost nothing is where it used to be.

photos presentation: Arjo Stokman

Greetings from Amsterdam, 2015

A century of change in the city

You’re in the same place, but in a different time and age. The past has faded, but is still noticeable in the details. A historic facade, a church in the background, the bend of a canal. Has the city shifted to its disadvantage ? Or did it become more beautiful ?

“Groeten uit Amsterdam” is a book with one hundred pictures of all quarters of the city of one hundred years ago, with next to them contemporary photos of the very same places, from the same position.

photos presentation: Arjo Stokman

 

Jewish cemeteries in the Province of Groningen, 2009

This Dutch-language book is about Jewish grave monuments in the province of Groningen. These are the tangible memories of a population group that was for several centuries of great importance to trade and industry in Groningen.

In the book all 20 cemeteries are described by Han Lettinck. I am responsible for photography: overviews, ritual buildings, tombstones, symbols, texts.

 

 

De Dood in Bagdad, 1993 – In het Voetspoor van de Kruistochten, 1996 – God Wil het !, 2005

The collaboration with fellow journalist and program maker Lejo Siepe has yielded three books in addition to a number of radio programs: ‘Death in Baghdad’ about the life of the Dutchman Alexander Aronson, who was hanged as a spy by Sadam Hussein and two editions of our journey along the route from the first Crusade, in which we interviewed experts of the history of the crusades in the countries where the crusaders passed. The report of this trip was broadcast in four parts by the Humanistisch Verbond and the VPRO Radio program O.V.T.