About This Image
Photographer's stamp on verso.
Willem Van de Poll (1895-1970) grew up as a member of a well-to-do Amsterdam family. After training as a photographer in Vienna, Van de Poll worked as a police and news photographer there. His first published press photo, of a major fire, appeared in the Berliner Tageblatt about 1920.
Van de Poll became one of the first Dutch photojournalists to work extensively outside Netherlands, supplying both text and photographs. His work was distributed by Associated Press and Black Star. His photo-reportages appeared both inside and outside the Netherlands in magazines like Spiegel, Panorama and the Berliner Illustrierte Zeitung.
The high-spirited, cigar-smoking photographer produced atmospheric impressions of places that were then still relatively unknown: rugged landscapes of Iceland and Norway, romantic Madeira and mysterious Middle East. During the 1930s he reported on Paris fashion for Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, and took photographs for use in advertising by KLM, Unilever and Verkade.
Van de Poll was appointed in 1944 to head the photographic service of the Forces of the Interior. He became staff photographer to the commander-in-chief of the Interior Forces, Prince Bernhard, and together they toured the Dutch towns and cities newly liberated by Allied forces. Van de Poll remained as the royal family's in-house photographer until the late 1950s, even accompanying Bernhard and Juliana on holidays and state visits. During this post-war period, he became passionately interested in the new state of Israel. He made thousands of the photographs of the country, including many showing the fate of the Palestinians.
In the mid-1960s Willem van de Poll retired to Switzerland. On December 10, 1970 he died in Amsterdam, following a short illness.
The National Archives of the Netherlands and the Hague Museum of Photography presented a major retrospective of his work on the 35th anniversary of his death in 2005-2006. His photos are also in the Rijks Museum collection.
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Medium Silver print
Photo Date 1940s Print Date 1940s
Dimensions 11-1/2 x 9 in. (292 x 229 mm)
Photo Country Netherlands
Photographer Country Netherlands