Title: Het rijke onvermogen: Een fotoreportage over West-Duitsland
Photographer(s): Oscar van Alphen
Writer(s): Oscar van Alphen
Designer(s): Kees Nieuwenhuijzen, Tiny Laarakker
Publisher(s): Van Gennep, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Size: 24.5 x 16.5 cm
Print : Printed by Drukkerij C Haasbeek, Amsterdam
Nation(s) and year(s) of Protest: West Germany, 1959-1977
Oscar van Alphen (pseudonym for Kees Nieuwenhuizen) started taking photographs in the Second half of the 1950s in what is known as the 'humanist' tradition - reportage photography with a focus on people and the vicissitudes of human existence. Following the success of his book "Kinderen in de grote stad" (Children in the Big City) 1958, in the 1960s van Alphen, who was self-taught, produced several books of photographs and carried out assignments for newspapers and periodicals. He was admitted to the GKf and gradually became more openly politically engaged. In 1982 he was the first Dutch photographer to produce a book on the Palestine problem.
It couldn't be more significant than the times the first image that I propose from this book, while some demonstrates are going to manifest an elderly couple is preparing a bench and looking at their garden.