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Skaters and cyclists at the windmills of the Kinderdijk

Netherlands, Alblasserdam, February 20, 1994


Giclée print on Hahnemühle FineArt Pearl paper.

Size 30x22 cm without white border.


Vincent Mentzel has been working as a staff photographer for NRC Handelsblad since the early 1970s and has developed into one of the best-known Dutch photojournalists during that time. As a staff photographer, he determined the face of the newspaper for a long time. He initially distinguished himself as a parliamentary photographer, then made major (foreign) reports and was closely involved in the image editing of M Magazine. After aborted studies at the Rotterdam Art Academy, Mentzel received his training in practice between 1967 and 1969 as an assistant to the Amsterdam theater photographer Maria Austria.

From her he mainly learned to print in the darkroom. His early photographs are characterized by a narrow perspective, created by heavily printed skies and environments. His later work is lighter and less compelling in character. At the end of the 1960s, as a freelance photojournalist from Rotterdam, he served all kinds of newspapers with press photos taken from an unusual point of view with a wide-angle lens. He soon got a contract with NRC Handelsblad.

His breakthrough came when he started following the political scene in The Hague on a daily basis. Mentzel handled the genre in a calm, well-informed manner and maintained close relationships with politicians, allowing him to photograph them behind the scenes. His approach was widely followed and changed the character of parliamentary photography.




Vincent Mentzel

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  • Schaatsers en fietsers bij de molens van de Kinderdijk

    Nederland, Alblasserdam, 20 Februari 1994

    Giclée print op Hahnemühle FineArt Pearl papier.

    Formaat 30x20 cm zonder witrand.

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