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Portrait of Leiden Students

Portrait of Leiden Students

 
 
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Few people know this anymore, but the Dutch word kiekje (snapshot) derives from Kiek, the name of a photographer of Leiden university students. After a night out, they would knock on his door in the early hours of the morning to have him take informal portraits of them in an improvised courtyard or on a bridge. Far removed from formal studio portraits, these unruly groups convey spontaneity, directness, and life.

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1890
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Rijksmuseum
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