March 6 2014 - 1:19 PM

Two new volumes in the Rijksmuseum Studies in Photography series examine the museum’s rich photography collection. Hinde Haest writes about the portraits of Gerard Reve, the writer who consciously built up a controversial image of himself through his photos. Laura Roscam Abbing covers the beautiful colour photographs from the early 20th century by pharmacist and amateur photographer Jacob Olie Jr. They show a world we have only known up to now in black and white.

Gerard Reve between skulls, crucifixes and teddy bears

reve Gerard Reve (1923-2006) was one of the first writers who used photography to build his – controversial – image and thus influence the sales of his books. He caused a stir by writing about homosexuality and heresy, and these themes are reflected in the photos. Reve had himself photographed with skulls, crucifixes and teddy bears to underscore his controversial reputation.

As of April 10, seven Reve photos can be seen in the 1950-2000 galleries of the Rijksmuseum

Colour photographs from the early 20th century

Jacob Colour photographs from the early 20th century

The Rijksmuseum Studies in Photography series is made possible by the Manfred and Hanna Heiting Fund. This Fund allows young researchers from around the world to examine the Rijksmuseum’s photography collection and to publish their research.