Bertien van Manen: Archive

Since the 1970s, Dutch photographer Bertien van Manen has created intimate and poignant photographs of commonplace scenes, produced during extended trips to Europe, America, China and the former Soviet Union. Van Manen has established herself as a unique voice in documentary photography, her visual language imbued with empathy and respect for the everyday lives of her subjects. This book presents an extensive overview of van Manen’s work, alongside diary entries and previously unpublished selections from her archive.

Publisher: MACK Books 2021

Header Photo: Bertien van Manen. Image from the series ‘Soviet Union’ (1991-2009) from Archive (MACK, 2021). Courtesy of the artist and MACK.

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Bertien van Manen. Image from the series ‘The Netherlands’ (1985), from Archive (MACK, 2021). Courtesy of the artist and MACK.

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Bertien van Manen. Image from the series ‘Ireland’ (2013-2015) from Archive (MACK, 2021). Courtesy of the artist and MACK.

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Bertien van Manen. Untitled image (1971) from Archive (MACK, 2021). Courtesy of the artist and MACK.


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Bertien van Manen. Image from the series ‘Soviet Union’ (1991-2009) from Archive (MACK, 2021). Courtesy of the artist and MACK.

Bertien van Manen - Archive - Bildersturm Blog

. Image from the series ‘Home’ (1970–1980), from Archive (MACK, 2021). Courtesy of the artist and MACK.

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Image from the series ‘Soviet Union’ (1991-2009) from Archive (MACK, 2021). Courtesy of the artist and MACK.

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Bertien van Manen. Image from the series ‘Romania’ (1990) from Archive (MACK, 2021). Courtesy of the artist and MACK.

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Book Specs: Archive by Bertien van Manen published by MACK Books June 2021 | Editor / Design: Hans Gremmen | OTA bound paperback with jacket | 21.5 x 28cm | 384 pages | ISBN 978-1-912339-66-2. Available here.


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Bertien van Manen (b. 1942) lives and works in Amsterdam. Her most recent monograph, I Will Be Wolf, was published by MACK in 2017. She has released seven previous monographs including A hundred summers, a hundred winters (1994); East Wind West Wind (2001); Give Me Your Image (2006); and Let’s sit down before we go (2011), among others.

Van Manen’s work has been exhibited internationally at museums such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Fotomuseum Winterthur; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Photographer’s Gallery, London; and the Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo.

Artist: https://www.bertienvanmanen.nl/

Video: Bertien van Manen & Hans Gremmen: five decades of groundbreaking photography (Youtube)

Bertien van Manen and editor and designer Hans Gremmen reflect on the process of creating Van Manen’s new book Archive, drawing on five decades of work made across the world.

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