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Book cover design for Ik Jan Cremer, Jan Cremer, Wim van der Linden, 1964

gelatin silver print, h 327mm × w 250mm. More details
© Jan Cremer/Pictoright

The artist and author Jan Cremer constructed his rebellious image by featuring a photograph of himself on the cover of his debut novel Ik Jan Cremer. The audacity of the writer, riding a Harley-Davidson Liberator and wearing a denim suit, was simply unprecedented in Dutch literature in the early 1960s. The advertising slogan ‘an unrelenting bestseller’ proved prophetic: twelve million copies of the book were sold worldwide.

Emancipation - youth culture

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