Alexine Tinne, photographer - her world view
Alexine Tinne and companions in Algiers, Collection National Archive of The Netherlands
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Alexine Tinne, photographer - her world view

  • When Dec 11, 2021 to Jun 12, 2022 (Europe/Amsterdam / UTC100)
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The first major overview of the photography of this 19th-century citizen of the world

Please note: the exhibition is temporarily closed from 8 - 13 March


Original photos from the 19th century are very fragile and sensitive to light. In the week from 8 to 13 March we will therefore exchange a large number of photos. On 15 March there will be a largely renewed exhibition with highlights from the oeuvre of Alexine Tinne and contemporaries.

Alexine Tinne (1835 – 1869) was world famous as an explorer in the nineteenth century. However, she was also one of the most important pioneers of the early days of photography in the Netherlands. New research into her life and work is the reason for a reappraisal of the photography of this idiosyncratic 'The Hague lady'. During her stay in North Africa she focused on portraits of her Dutch, Mediterranean and African travel companions, her 'new family'.

The Hague Historical Museum, in collaboration with Leiden University, is the first to present a complete overview of Alexine Tinne's photographic oeuvre. Photography by contemporaries places Tinne's work in an international context. Her nineteenth-century photographs also enter into a dialogue with the work of contemporary photographer Dagmar van Weeghel (1974).

Her portraits of her Dutch, Mediterranean and African travel companions bear witness to a remarkably egalitarian view of the world.

A book has been published to accompany the exhibition, which is available in the museum shop.

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